Americans traveling in South Korea now need to take extra precautions as it is believed that the North Korean military has been secretly training kidnappers to abduct Western visitors and bring them back to Pyongyang in the event of a conflict with the US, according to terrifying new reports.
North Korea has a long history of kidnapping foreigners, the most high-profile being the abduction of South Korea’s leading actress Choi Eun-hee and most prominent director Shin Sang-ok in Hong Kong in 1978. The pair were imprisoned and forced to make films for the North Korean regime until they managed to escape seven years later, but it isn’t just South Koreans who should be wary.
According to some sources, snatch-squads armed with nerve gas are prepared to kidnap westerners by slipping past South Korean border checkpoints and will be targeting tourists, with their sights set particularly on foreign businessmen and diplomats. One former North Korean corporal, Lee Ung-gil, can attest to these claims.
Lee, who was recruited at the age of 17 by his uncle and served for six years in North Korea’s 11th Storm Corps, reaching the rank of corporal before fleeing the regime for South Korea, had this to say. “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.”
So, how does Mr. Lee know these things? From experience, of course. “We would sneak into the South, change our clothing, go into areas where there are lots of foreigners and capture some of them. We memorised locations, phone numbers and the car number plates of major embassies.”
Mr. Lee also had some strong advice for President Trump, urging him not to take any action whatsoever unless he is 100% sure he is able to take Kim Jong-un out, warning that if the US were to fail to kill the North Korean leader, we would need to prepare for an all-out nuclear war. “Unless Trump thinks he can get rid of him, he must not carry out an attack.”