NORTH KOREAN HIT LIST

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

The regime of North Korean dic­ta­tor Kim Jong-un con­tin­ues to threaten de­fec­tors who are now liv­ing abroad with as­sas­si­na­tion.

The lat­est threat list in­cludes eight North Kore­ans, in­clud­ing Choi Jeong-hun, di­rec­tor of the Free North Korea Ra­dio that beams con­tent into the reclu­sive com­mu­nist state. Mr. Choi listed the eight ex­pa­tri­ates whom Mr. Kim re­gards as “thorns” in a re­cent no­tice to col­leagues.

“The new list of tar­geted de­fec­tors has been de­clared by Kim Jong-un and broad­cast in South Korea as well,” he wrote.

South Korea’s gov­ern­ment has ac­cused North Korea of as­sas­si­nat­ing Mr. Kim’s es­tranged brother, Kim Jong­nam, us­ing sarin nerve agent dur­ing a Fe­bru­ary at­tack in Malaysia.

Prom­i­nent fig­ures on the as­sas­si­na­tion list in­clude Kim Seong-min, a broad­caster for Free North Korea Ra­dio, and Park Sang-hak, an ac­tivist in­volved in in­for­ma­tion op­er­a­tions that send bal­loons with free­dom mes­sages into North Korea.

Oth­ers on the hit list in­clude Hong Soon-kyung, who is re­garded as the leader of North Korean de­fec­tors af­ter the 2010 death of high-rank­ing de­fec­tor Hwang Jang-yop, and Choi Joo-hwal, who is known for get­ting in­for­ma­tion in and out of North Korea through the China-North Korea bor­der.

“The lat­est list of de­fec­tors Kim has tar­geted for as­sas­si­na­tion are the very lead­ers most in­volved with get­ting in­for­ma­tion into and out of North Korea, and di­rectly call­ing for the end of the Kim three-gen­er­a­tion dic­ta­tor­ship,” said Suzanne Scholte, a hu­man rights ac­tivist and pres­i­dent of the De­fense Fo­rum Foun­da­tion. — de­ployed in front of Zhe­jiang Nor­mal Univer­sity, in Jin­hua, a city south of Shang­hai and within range of Tai­wan.

Jin­hua is the home of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Rocket Force 820 mis­sile brigade, and the mis­siles pho­tos pro­vided the first pub­lic dis­clo­sure that DF-16s are de­ployed in the prov­ince.

“From Jin­hua, the DF-16 can tar­get both U.S. and Ja­panese forces on Ok­i­nawa and at­tack many tar­gets in Tai­wan,” said Rick Fisher, a China mil­i­tary af­fairs an­a­lyst who un­cov­ered the pho­tos.

The DF-16s are part of more than 1,000 mis­siles that China has been de­ploy­ing near Tai­wan for the past two decades while in­creas­ing the mis­siles’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties with ad­vanced guid­ance and war­head pack­ages. The two vari­ants of the DF-16 in­clude a mod­u­lar war­head, used on shorter-range DF-11s, and a more ad­vanced war­head

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