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AP Interview: Gloria Steinem, in North Korea to cross DMZ, says isolation policies have failed

  • FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, U.S. activist Gloria Steinem speaks among the members of the Women Cross DMZ group during a press conference before they leave for Pyongyang, at a hotel in Beijing, China. Steinem and a group of 29 other women from 15 countries are set to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, May 24 after obtaining a rare green light from both governments. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, U.S. activist Gloria Steinem speaks among the members of the Women Cross DMZ group during a press conference before they leave for Pyongyang, at a hotel in Beijing, China. Steinem and a group of 29 other women from 15 countries are set to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, May 24 after obtaining a rare green light from both governments. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, activists Gloria Steinem, left, and Aiyoung Choi arrive at Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. Steinem and a group of 29 other women from 15 countries are set to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, May 24 after obtaining a rare green light from both governments. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File )

    FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, activists Gloria Steinem, left, and Aiyoung Choi arrive at Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. Steinem and a group of 29 other women from 15 countries are set to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, May 24 after obtaining a rare green light from both governments. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File )  (The Associated Press)

Iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the 81-year-old feminism pioneer says she decided to join a group of women in a rare walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea because she thinks efforts to force change by isolating the North have failed.

Still, she says she has no intention of letting the North off the hook for its human rights record.

Steinem and 29 women from 15 countries are set to walk on Sunday after obtaining green light from both governments.

It wasn't easy, and the women had to alter their plans to go through the symbolic truce village where the Korean War armistice was signed in 1953.