"It can be a tough sell because change in North Korea is going to come slowly - quick changes, as in Myanmar, are just easier to see and support," said Andray Abrahamian, executive director of the Choson Exchange, an NGO that focuses on building business skills in the North. "Ultimately, their system is very stable - changes there will come from within. So what can we do to support positive decision-making? I don't think it's through pressure: the DPRK has shown a tremendous capacity to turn inward and we want to discourage that."
"I'd like to see some concrete evidence of the deals to provide electricity from the Chinese side of the border," said Mr. Abrahamian, who spoke from Yanji on Sunday before heading to Rason. "They still apparently have power outages with some regularity. Getting a secure and steady supply of electricity is obviously huge."