Background Discussion with Jang Jin Seong

Berlin, 18 February 2014

Before Jang Jin Seong, Director and Founder of “New Focus”, found refuge in South Korean exile, he was part of the North Korean propaganda apparatus. His news platform “NewFocus” provides information about the current situation inside the isolated nation. Upon invitation of Körber Foundation, Jang spoke with Members of the German Bundestag, representatives of government agencies as well as selected experts in Berlin. He underlined the importance of Chinese support for the survival of the North Korean regime. The Six-Party-Talks provided first and foremost an opportunity for North Korean leaders to buy time. At the same time Jang was highly worried about the humanitarian situation and the violation of human rights in North Korea.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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