North Korea abductions
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.