Wednesday, October 20, 2004

US law promises help to N Koreans

US President Bush has signed a law that offers American support for human rights groups in North Korea and for refugees leaving the secretive state.
It earmarks $24m a year for such causes, and makes North Koreans eligible for asylum in the US.

Until now, they have been treated as citizens of South Korea, which still technically claims sovereignty over the whole peninsula.
North Korean has called the bill an attempt to bring down its government.
(BBC News Online. October 19. 2004)
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Is this likely to help foster reform/democracy in North Korea?
Not very likely! Just look at Cuba.

Will South Korea/China benefit from this?
Not very likely?

Will a few hundred extra refugees from North Korea benefit?
Probably, but many more will get caught doing so!

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