Recently, John Everard, the former British ambassador to North Korea, spoke at the Brookings Institution. He offered his insights on the life of the North Korean people and about being a foreign diplomat in one of the world’s most closed nations.
In his presentation, and in his recent book, Only Beautiful, Please: A British Diplomat in North Korea, Everard reveals the complexity of the country, and how ordinary people seek to create a sphere of their own, separate from the hand of the state.
The event was co-sponsored with the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, which is also the publisher of the book.
[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.