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Interview with Hungarian envoy
Amb. Torzsa Sees Change in N. Korea
"We're Reading Final Chapter of N. Korea" Says Torzsa
Hungarian Amb. Istvan Torzsa

"We are reading now the final chapter of the book 'North Korea,'" said Hungarian Ambassador to Seoul Istvan Torzsa. "I'm sure that there will be change in North Korea."

In the interview with a local daily Hangook Ilbo at his embassy in Dongbinggo-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on May 4, 2007, Amb. Torzsa said South Korea's continued engagement policy toward North Korea will expedite the changes in North Korea.

The 53-year-old Hungarian envoy spent 14 years on the Korean Peninsula out of 29 years of his diplomatic career. His outlooks on North Korea are more accurate and deeper than those of any other top foreign envoys serving in Seoul, according to diplomatic sources.

Amb. Torzsa set his foot in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang as a diplomat in 1982. After serving about five years in Pyongyang he published a book on North Korea. He also served for five years in Seoul, and earned a doctorate by writing a dissertation "South Korea's North Korean Policy" in 1992.

In August of 2003 right Amb. Torzsa promised to his foreign minister that he would write another dissertation if he could go to Seoul as an ambassador.

Around the end of 2006 he actually finished his dissertation "North Korea's Nuclear Problem and Its Influence on Security in Northeast Asia." It earned him another doctorate from a Hungarian university in Budapest.




 

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