NORTH KOREAN HIT LIST
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