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The Atlantic’s Uri Friedman is just back from South Korea, where he was reporting on the latest diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea. You can read his latest articles here, but for The Masthead, we asked him to take us deeper. In today’s issue, Uri will walk us through his trip with a series of photographs. They reveal a country eager for peace, but deeply unsure of what comes next. Then we’ll highlight a few lesser-known characters behind the drama.

—Caroline Kitchener


Dispatches from South Korea

As told to Caroline Kitchener by Uri Friedman

This is Jung Gwang-Il, a defector who escaped from North Korea after his release from a political prison camp there. He met with President Trump in the Oval Office in February. He now runs an organization called No Chain, which sends USB drives and other informational materials into North Korea. A lot of it is K-Pop or South Korean soap operas, not necessarily political stuff. He thinks the best way to address the rift with North Korea is to open people’s eyes to the wider world, which might lead to popular revolution.

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