On September 3, 2013, Canadian Michael Spavor (left) was a member of a party that accompanied former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman of the US (second right) to Pyongyang, North Korea, and Spavor acted as a translator for the star at meetings with officials including leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: AFP

Michael Spavor, the Canadian idealist who soared on his hopes for a better North Korea brought crashing back to earth in China

  • Michael Spavor turned personal interest in hermit kingdom into a professional endeavour, reaching out to Pyongyang and winning the ear of its leader
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On September 3, 2013, Canadian Michael Spavor (left) was a member of a party that accompanied former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman of the US (second right) to Pyongyang, North Korea, and Spavor acted as a translator for the star at meetings with officials including leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: AFP
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