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(Yonhap Interview) Israeli envoy sees gradual change in N. Korea

2013/07/12 17:38

SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un has no choice but to gradually open up its economy, although change will not necessarily make Kim's regime safer, the departing Israeli ambassador to Seoul said Friday.

Decades of diplomatic efforts have failed to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, so in the long run, the best way of making the North less dangerous is helping ordinary North Koreans know about the outside world and what is happening in their own country, Israeli Ambassador Tuvia Israeli said.