Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Jolie 'concerned' about North Korea

Angelina Jolie said she was concerned about the people of North Korea

Angelina Jolie has said she is worried about the people of North Korea, particularly the persecution defectors face when repatriated to the country.

Angeline was in Seoul on Wednesday to promote her latest action thriller, Salt, which opens with a scene that takes place in a North Korean prison.

The Hollywood actress, who serves as a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said she got a tutorial on the plight of North Korean defectors from Seoul-based officials from the UN refugee agency.

"They spoke a lot about the concerns about people being persecuted when they are sent back to North Korea," she said. "I'm very concerned about the people."

Tens of thousands of people from impoverished North Korea have migrated to neighbouring China in recent years, activists say. Many are sent back as part of an agreement between North Korea and China.

Some 19,000 have made it to South Korea.

"I learned today about them gaining citizenship and crossing into South Korea," Angelina told reporters. "The UNHCR practices quiet diplomacy in which they do more than they talk about."

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