For years, North Korean special forces have been training to slip across the S Korean border and kidnapping politicians, businessmen and tourists hostage in case conflict breaks out. Ung-gil Lee, who defected to South Korea after serving for six years in one of these clandestine units. Speaking to the Daily Mail, he explained how the plan was to work.
In an exclusive interview, Ung-gil Lee, who defected to South Korea after serving for six years in one of these clandestine units, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The best case [for his old unit] would be to round them 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.’
North Korea has a history of abducting foreigners. In the 1970s, South Korea’s leading movie star Choi Eun-hee and foremost director Shin Sang-ok were held as prisoners to make films for the brutal totalitarian regime until they escaped seven years later.
The Mail on Sunday’s revelation of the terror units comes as tensions rise over North Korea’s growing nuclear strength. US President Donald Trump pledged to ‘take care’ of the issue following his surprise cruise missile attack on Syria over its use of chemical weapons.
Trump has sent a naval strike group, including an aircraft carrier and submarines, to the region. Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, responded by warning he is ‘ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US’.
If he keeps this crap up, Kim Jong-un will find himself sharing a bedroom with a dozen Navy Seals.