I am Barbara Demick, a long-time Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent who has reported extensively on North Korea. Ask me anything.
Hi Reddit. I am the Times bureau chief in Beijing and author of the book “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.” Ask me anything about life inside the reclusive country and about Kim Jong Un, the world’s youngest head of state who celebrated his 31st birthday this week.
UPDATE: Thanks for your questions. I've got to go to lunch. I'll try to answer a few more in the afternoon.