As the tensions rise between the United States and North Korea, a defector from the rogue nation has called attention to a threat facing Americans — kidnapping.
The threat. Fox News reported:
Ung-gil Lee, a former clandestine special operator who escaped the Hermit Kingdom, told The Mail on Sunday that if the United States attacks the isolated nation, “diplomats, tourists and foreign businessmen” in South Korea will be at risk. Lee said his former unit is trained and prepared to retaliate by kidnapping foreigners from South Korea, bringing them to the North and ultimately killing them.
The defector said that as part of the 11th Storm Corps, he stole across the border into South Korea unnoticed, carrying both traditional weapons and nerve agents in what he called “suicide missions” to capture foreigners. He said that the 11th Storm Corps is only one of several units, ready to act, in the event of an attack by the U.S.
Author confirms. Michael Malice, author of “Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il,” told Fox News that the defector’s account comports with what North Korea has done in the past.
“North Korea has been kidnapping people for literally decades for various reasons,” he said. “They’ve also repeatedly send people to the south to assassinate various people.”
What this means for Americans. There have been no confirmed instances of Americans being kidnapped by the repressive regime, but there have been Americans detained there and used by Kim Jong-Un for political leverage.
The State Department discourages Americans traveling to North Korea, but it is not illegal to do so.
Although there have not been confirmed cases, Malice pointed out that if the U.S. strikes, kidnapping could be one way the North Koreans lash out in response.
Malice noted that North Korea “goes after defectors as a means of revenge.”
“We are the theoretical enemies,” Malice continued, “but if we move, we will be the enemy in practice, and they will absolutely go after us.”