Vietnam: A possible model for North Korea

Vietnam has been touted by the United States as a role model for North Korea if it gives up nuclear weapons and establishes diplomatic and economic ties with the US.
Vietnam has been touted by the United States as a role model for North Korea if it gives up nuclear weapons and establishes diplomatic and economic ties with the US.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL • When North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho visited Hanoi last November, talk was rife that he was sent there to study Vietnam's "doi moi" economic reforms so that North Korea could emulate the country's success in mixing communism and economic prosperity.

Vietnam has been touted by the United States as a role model for the North if it gives up nuclear weapons and establishes diplomatic and economic ties with the US.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Vietnam: A possible model for N. Korea'. Print Edition | Subscribe