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Hoare established the UK's first embassy in Pyongyang in 2000 and served as Charge D'affaires there

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Green is the international editor at the Daily NK and a PhD candidate on the DPRK at Leiden University

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Je-son is a North Korean correspondent who comes from Mt. Paektu and left the DPRK in 2011

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Toloroya is a Russian diplomat that served in Pyongyang for five years during the 70s and 80s 

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