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Anglo-French lawyer who spent 12 years as an expat in North Korea says "hermit kingdom" is quickly modernising under Kim Jong-un

“The overall aspect of Pyongyang is unrecognizable even to somebody who was there perhaps five years ago,” according to Mike Hay, an Anglo-French lawyer who spent over a decade in North Korea.

“It is absolutely a prettier city than Seoul now and the layout, with wide boulevards, makes it very user-friendly,” he added.

Hay continued: “There is now a clearly defined middle class with money to spend on white goods, LED flat-screen TVs and solar panels."

Hay does concede one major drawback - broadband internet costs a whopping $700 monthly!


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