Summit documents reveal N. Korea’s fears of being absorbed by China

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By Lee Jong-HeonEast-Asia-Intel.com

SEOUL — North Korean leaders have been living in fear of coming under Chinese control but had no option but to rely on the economic giant for much-needed hard currency, documents and sources said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun in Pyongyang on Oct. 3, 2007.  /Getty Images AsiaPac
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun in Pyongyang on Oct. 3, 2007. /Getty Images AsiaPac

According to the 2007 inter-Korean summit transcript disclosed by South Korea’s spy agency, then North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il accused Beijing of treating the North like one of its northeastern provinces.

“The Chinese are carrying out their economic strategy under a concept that (North Korea) is part of its northeast provinces,” Kim told then South Korea’s leftist President Roh Moo-Hyun who traveled to Pyongyang in October 2007, according to the transcript.

“The Chinese are considering (the North) as its fourth northeastern province,” Kim said.

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