The United States government continues to use the denial of visas as a way to prevent the development of peace and friendship between peoples.
From repeatedly denying the visa requests to the great Dmitri Shostakovich many decades ago to denying visas to members of the North Korean Orchestra, this undemocratic “tradition” continues.
“North Korean Orchestra Visit to United States Seems Unlikely”
New York Times, March 24, 2012
As a former editor of the most progressive newspaper in the United States, The National Guardian, Michael Munk points out—
On this issue of cultural exchange, The NY Times needs to step back before asserting that one party (NK) is “isolated,” because it’s the other party (the US) that’s “isolating” it. NK has recently sent its orchestra to France and is evidently willing to send it to the US. It welcomed the New York Philharmonic to Pyongyang a few years ago so an exchange would seem in order.
There’s also the question of who is isolating who from whom. If the Obama adminsitration refuses visas for the NK orchestra, it will indeed “isolate” Americans from a cultural exchange that North Koreans have already enjoyed.