North Korea is a country that can little afford a close examination of ecological impact. The environment exists and is protected as long as it is useful as a resource to the authoritative state.
Despite this it holds an important place in the mythology of the country, and retaining elements of it is useful, as long as they can be exploited.
Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters (Research Fellow, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University)
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