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A senior North Korean official warned President Donald Trump not only to focus on denuclearization, but also to deal with human rights violations by Kim Jong Un Any hope must be given to achieve peace and stability.
Jang Jin Sung served as poet-winner of Kim's deceased father, Kim Jong Il. He describes his former role as a propaganda chief for the regime as a "psychological warfare officer."
Jang spoke with NBC News this week after a report of his country's status as the world's worst offender of "modern slavery "underlined.
The North Korean government is known for its atrocities, which the United Nations and others regard as equally bad. Not worse than those committed by the Nazis.
And yet, at their historical summit last month, Trump repeatedly praised Kim as "hard" and mentioned little about his regime's dire human rights records. Instead, the meeting produced a vague and much-criticized agreement that pledged to work toward "the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
Jang, 45, said this was a mistake.
"When people try to separate the atomic question from humans – right question, it's no That's really possible because these things are both working towards the same thing, both of which represent a political system that Kim prioritizes in every way," he said when asked about the summit.
The Kim Dynasty developed its nuclear program as an insurance policy against regime change by the US and its allies: attack us and us will obliterate Seoul, Tokyo, or possibly even San Francisco.
For Jang, North Korea's human rights abuses should be seen in the same way, a means of holding down the population and preventing any domestic challenge.
This is a system that needs bombs, a system that inherently and essentially commits crimes against humanity, "he said. The only real, lasting solution, be it nuclear or human rights, deals with both. If you have no political transformation, you will not make any real progress on these issues.
The Trump The government and many Americans may feel that eliminating the threat of a nuclear attack on the US has a higher priority than the liberation of the people of faraway North Korea
but focusing on denuclearization, while North Korea's tough dictatorship can not be addressed According to experts such as Elliott Abrams, who served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, it could have fatal consequences in the future  "As long as there is a brutal one-man rule, the only thing necessary is to break any progress [in the nuclear talks] a whim of this man, "Abrams wrote last month for the Council on Foreign R elevations, where he is an elderly companion.
Jiang's mission in North Korea was to portray himself as a South Korean poet and write glorious odes to the Kims. These were then published in a North Korean newspaper, which made the population believe that they were envied by their capitalist neighbors in the South.
He passed in 2004 after reading South Korean books to which he had access due to his work and recognized the truth about his country. He is now a bestselling author living in South Korea.
He is also a participant in the Global Slavery Index, which released a report on Wednesday in which he said North Korea was the worst country in the world for "modern slavery."
Of an estimated 40 million people in modern slavery worldwide, at least 2.6 million are in North Korea – every tenth of the population.
Andrew Forrest, founder of the Walk Free Foundation, the human rights group that compiled the study, said the government said it was "a very conservative Number ", which included only persons who met the strict definition of slavery.