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NK News, one of the best sites for following the situation in North Korea, has been publishing a great series that talks to defectors from the state about their life in the country and their life since leaving.The series — called “Ask a North Korean” — has already given us one great insight about the good side of life in North Korea, and yesterday’s instalment gave a new revelation just as fascinating.
In a live video, Seung-Chul, a former doctor in North Korea who moved to Bradford, UK, in 2003, gave a great explanation as to why the UK was kind of like North Korea.
Here’s a transcription, via Huffington Post UK:
“I sometimes actually think how similar North Korea and the UK are.
“The regime would tell us exactly what they believed are the assets of the perfect communist state and I find a lot of those characteristics here.
“Schools are free, medical care is free, the hospital system is the same. I feel the UK fits the description of what NK officials think of as a perfect communist state.
“But we were only shown the negative side of capitalism, they said people are pathological, they are selfish, it is wanton.
“And when I came out of North Korea I could see an element of truth in that, there are poor people, homeless people in Western societies.
“Capitalism is not always good, there is still a dark side. South Koreans especially only want to show North Koreans the bright side of capitalism.
“But I think that it’s important to show North Koreans the bright and the dark sides, but stress the most important factor is that they are free and open.”
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