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Victor Cha on the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's North Korea Report

Article by Christopher Walsh March 10, 2014 //   2 minute read

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On February 17, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea released its landmark report condemning the state of freedom and human rights in North Korea.  Michael Kirby, the COI’s chairman, suggested that the situation was similar to the crimes committed by the Nazis during World War II.

Following the release of the COI report, the Freedom Collection sat down with the former Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, Dr. Victor Cha, to discuss the report’s findings and broader implications for U.S. policy on North Korea.  Presently, Cha is a professor at the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He also serves as Senior Adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Cha published his newest book, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, in 2012.  

In this clip, Cha assesses Michael Kirby’s claim that Nazi-like crimes are being committed in North Korea: