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A first, as official Dutch trade mission heads for North Korea

Monday 15 October 2012

For the first time in history, an official Dutch government mission is heading for North Korea to assess the ‘economic opportunities’ in the country.

The mission is notable because many western countries boycott North Korea because of the political situation and instability in the region, the NRC said.

The mission is made up of civil servants from the economic affairs ministry and representatives of the farming industry. In addition to looking at opportunities for economic alliances, the Netherlands also wants to contribute to increasing food production, farming economist Doeke Faber told Nos television.

Economic reform

Experts expect North Korea will begin the process of economic reform under new leader Kim Jong-un and Faber believes the Netherlands can help in this.

‘You can opt to stay away until there is an acceptable regime but you can also show goodwill and look what we can offer in terms of food provision,’ Faber told Nos. ‘If we can make life easier for the people there, I have no objections.’

The Netherlands has had indirect diplomatic relations with North Korea for 10 years, according to the Volkskrant.

Is Faber right? Have your say using the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I suppose they have to make new friends after the damage Wilders has done to the country.It will all end in tears as usual.

By jason buttle | 15 October 2012 10:38 AM

Faber is right, but I find his remarks quit hypocritical. Clearly we (as any country for that matter) don't want to go there just for good will. It only depends if there are potential advantages for the Netherlands (which is anyhow reaonable in international relations)

By the_expat | 15 October 2012 11:33 AM

The same goodwill we showed to Libya? You know, the goodwill stuff that falls from the sky. Or are we going to show them how to pump a chicken full of antibiotics and the benefits of intensive farming.

By Dr Ponzi | 15 October 2012 3:21 PM

As much as the western nations are fixed with their ideological stance,In a globalized world there should be leeway to accommodate another country's ideology to attain the perfect symbiosis that legation provides.the mission is suspect but I guess sooner or later one side of this diplomatic fiasco has to cede in light of the long term damage that the Netherlands has and will suffer due to the rhetoric of a few negatively flamboyant characters in the last government. but the above begs a question now that the last government so efficiently burnt the bridges with long term partners what are they doing to repair the damage other than ignoring it and moving to uncharted territory

By amistud | 15 October 2012 3:53 PM

Showing good will to a suppressed & brainwashed people of a country run by a family of criminals, really?
A man that watched his people starve to death while he had 4 billion stashed in European banks..and NL wants to help? - HA!!

Totalitarianism & coffee-shop culture do not mix well..

By The visitor | 15 October 2012 4:22 PM

Difficult though it may be to wrap your head around, we might just be able to learn a thing or two from them. Watch www.youtube.com/watchv=6NMr2VrhmFI&feature=plcp

By McD Dunderdale | 15 October 2012 4:36 PM

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