Former Vietnamese chemical student Pham Ngoc Canh (left) and his North Korean wife Ri Yong-hui. Photo: Reuters

‘I must marry that girl’: war, famine, socialism and the North Korean regime were no match for true love

  • Pham Ngoc Canh and Ri Yong-hui first met in 1967, while Vietnam and the US were at war
  • In 2002, they were finally allowed to marry and now live together in Hanoi
Topic |   North Korea

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Former Vietnamese chemical student Pham Ngoc Canh (left) and his North Korean wife Ri Yong-hui. Photo: Reuters
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A poster promoting Vietnam’s Communist Party in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters

Vietnam’s rapid growth is held up as an example for North Korea. But could Pyongyang handle such drastic change?

  • The Vietnamese model of reform is being widely touted as the economic path for impoverished and isolated North Korea to follow
  • Vietnamese per capita GDP has soar almost five-fold since 1986 and kept the ruling Communist Party in power
Topic |   Vietnam

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A poster promoting Vietnam’s Communist Party in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters
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