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Meet the North Korean man who created AQ Khan’s sculpture

PYONGYANG: “That was a personal commission,” says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik-Hwa, pointing to a bust of Abdul Qadeer Khan. The bust sits in Ro’s workshop in Pyongyang’s sprawling Mansudae Arts Studio complex, which has become the latest target of UN sanctions seeking to curb nuclear-armed North Korea’s access to overseas hard currency revenue. The Security Council resolution adopted unanimously in early December included a paragraph explicitly preventing UN member states from buying statuary from them. The…