A North Korean defector is warning that dictator Kim Jong-un has been secretly training special forces to kidnap tourists in response to a potential U.S. attack.
Ung-gil Lee, 37, defected to South Korea in 2006 after serving for six years in what he describes as a highly armed, secret snatch squad trained to grab tourists and foreign diplomats in South Korea.
Lee told The Daily Mail, “The best case [for his old unit] would be to round [tourists] up and take them north, but if not, they will take the foreigners hostage in South Korea.”
“But, they will all be killed, come what may – this goes hand-in-hand with assassination.”
Lee warned President Trump that the United States should only take action against North Korea if the plan is to remove Kim Jong-un.
“[Mr. Kim] is going to fight back and use all retaliatory measures. Unless Trump thinks he can get rid of him, he must not carry out an attack.”
Lee called North Korea the “Axis of Evil” and said its dictator is “worse than all the evil dictators of Libya, Iraq, and Syria, combined.”
Lee was recruited to join the clandestine units when he was just 17. He spent a year of brainwashing and “re-education” and went on to serve as a communications officer in a group of 100, trained to raid South Korea by land and air to disrupt roads, ports, and infrastructure, as well as capture foreigners.
“We would sneak into the South, change our clothing, go into areas where there are lots of foreigners and capture some of them. We memorized locations, phone numbers and the car number plates of major embassies,” Lee explained.
“I carried neostigmine bromide and potassium cyanide. Those exposed to these drugs die of heart attacks. These were carried for attacks or else for us to commit suicide. These were suicide missions. Obviously, we were supposed to go back but, if not, we were told we must kill ourselves.”
Lee explained that he was brainwashed into believing it was his duty to protect the North Korean dictatorship, which has ruled the country for seven decades. He said the dynasty used a supposed threat of U.S. and South Korean attacks to stay in power.
Lee broke from his brainwashing after seeing smuggled films, such as “Saving Private Ryan,” that broke the propaganda being fed to those behind the “Bamboo Curtain.”
Lee’s warning to President Trump comes as tensions grow over North Korea’s increased nuclear strength. After North Korea launched a missile test last week, Mr. Trump sent a naval strike group, including submarines and an aircraft carrier, to North Korea.
Mr. Kim responded by warning he was “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.” The country went on to host a military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday, unveiling what is believed to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles and new submarine-launched missiles. On Easter Sunday, they attempted to launch an “unidentified” missile but failed, according to South Korea’s military.
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