What this tells us of the inner workings of the North Korean regime – other than that they are brutal – has been the subject of much speculation. South Korean news agencies were quick to link the death of Jang to the public executions of 80 petty criminals in November and of the execution of 11 members of the girl band Ponchobo Electronic Ensemble in August. ‘A new reign of terror,' they said, 'has started in North Korea.’
|Kim Jong Un|
Is this 'pornography' in the DPRK?
|Extract from Amnesty International advertisement|
The Observer, 15/12/13
By not going we would have had no effect, so to justify our visit we need only to show that our selfish urge to satisfy our curiosity did not, on balance, strengthen the regime. If, in some small way, we improved the situation, then that is even better, though the effect of two people - or our whole group of 15 - can only be tiny.