North Korea ab­duc­tions

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

North Korea’s com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment has car­ried out ab­duc­tions of peo­ple of 12 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties from 14 coun­tries around the world through a pol­icy aimed at bol­ster­ing es­pi­onage ca­pa­bil­i­ties and learn­ing for­eign ways.

Those find­ings are con­tained in a re­port re­leased May 12 by the Wash­ing­ton-based Com­mit­tee for Hu­man Rights in North Korea.

North Korean gov­ern­ment ab- duc­tions were con­firmed Sept. 17, 2000, when North Korean leader Kim Jong-il ad­mit­ted to the prac­tice of tak­ing Ja­panese cit­i­zens in snatch op­er­a­tions by its in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

“Kim Jong-il’s ad­mis­sion did not tell the whole story,” said Chuck Downs, a for­mer Pen­tagon of­fi­cial and the com­mit­tee’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “Telling the full story, or at least as much of it as is now known, is the ob­jec­tive of the re­port.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Py­ongyang leader, the ab­duc­tions were car­ried out “to en­able Ja­panese lan­guage train­ing in spe­cial agen­cies and for agents to ob­tain false iden­ti­ties to in­fil­trate [other coun­tries] [. . . ],” the re­port says.

The state­ment con­firmed sus­pi­cions of fam­ily mem­bers who had tried for years to alert authorities to the kid­nap­pings and get the ab­ductees, in­clud­ing at least one Ja­panese school girl, re­turned from the harsh­est to­tal­i­tar­ian state on Earth.

The North Kore­ans ad­mit­ted to kid­nap­ping only 13 peo­ple and said eight had died in North mer­ous na­tion­al­i­ties, both gen­ders, and all ages, and were taken from places as far away as Lon­don, Copen­hagen, Zagreb, Beirut, Hong Kong, and China, in ad­di­tion to Ja­pan.”

The re­port con­cludes that the num­ber of peo­ple taken by North Korean agents may be close to 180,000.

“There may be hun­dreds of ab­ductees in­side North Korea who are not known to be there,” the re­port said.

“The regime un­der­takes to abduct its vic­tims in ab­so­lute se­crecy and de­tains them in­def­i­nitely in closely mon­i­tored cir­cum­stances, which do not per­mit them to come in con­tact with many peo­ple even in­side North Korea.”

“The crimes North Korea has com­mit­ted must also be con­demned by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” the re­port con­cludes.

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