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Question of the Day, North Korea World Cup edition

How many North Koreans who have been permitted to attend the World Cup will attempt to defect? Alternatively, how difficult is it for the North Korean government to maintain tangible leverage on those attending?

For some historical parallels, consider defectors from the Soviet Union, many of whom were athletes or competitors in international competitions of some kind.

Here is one estimate of the number of North Koreans in attendance (~40).

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