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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 7th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

North Korean Diplomats Confiscate Author’s Book In Myanmar

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It looks like North Korean diplomats can pretty much do whatever they want in Myanmar:

North Korean diplomats in Myanmar confiscated more than 300 copies of a biography of their reclusive leader Kim Jong Il that was written by a local author.

Well-known Myanmar writer Hein Latt said Friday that two diplomats from the North Korean Embassy visited his publishing house early this month and complained that facts about their leader in his Myanmar-language biography – titled “Kim Jong Il: North Korea’s Dear Leader” – were “incorrect and false.”

They told him the book could harm bilateral relations and demanded he hand over copies that were not yet sold. “I had to hand over the remaining 310 copies of the books to them because I am afraid of the North Koreans,” he said.

The diplomats had no right to seize the books as they had been approved by the government’s Press Scrutiny Department, Hein Latt said, adding he received no compensation.

Hein Latt said the Korean diplomats told him he got the facts “especially wrong” because he used two books published in the United States as references.  [Associated Press]

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