According to a defector that spoke in an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is plotting to kidnap “diplomats, tourists and foreign businessmen” if the United States attacks his nation. Ung-gil Lee, who defected to South Korea from the north in 2006, said that “snatch squads armed with deadly nerve agents” are set to slip past the South Korean border checkpoints to kidnap westerners in retaliation of any U.S. conflict.
“He is going to fight back and use all retaliatory measures,” Lee warned of Kim Jong Un. “Unless Trump thinks he can get rid of him, he must not carry out an attack.”
Lee disclosed that he was a former corporal in the elite special forces unit called the 11th Storm Corps. He said that during his time in the forces, he and his former comrades were “trained to carry out Islamic State-style terror attacks” and to infiltrate the South.
“These were suicide missions,” Lee said. “Obviously we were supposed to go back but, if not, we were told we must kill ourselves.”
‘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,” he continued.
“But they will all be killed, come what may,” Lee said, “this goes hand in hand with assassination.”
The Daily Mail reported that twice a year, Lee’s unit would have training sessions in North Korea in cities that mimicked those they were assigned to attack in the South. The operatives who were the most aggressive in achieving their missions were given perks and privileges.
While he was attending a university that he was sent to by his superiors, Lee said he was exposed to films that changed his opinion about Americans and the U.S. military, skewing his perceptions about the dictatorial regime he was fighting to protect.
‘The first American film I saw was Saving Private Ryan. I was amazed,” he said. “I was taught that only our soldiers had a sense of brotherhood and honour but I saw these Americans with an immense sense of love, honour and brotherhood. I began thinking that maybe all I had been taught in the army was false.”
Lee added that the North used the threat of an attack by the South or the United States as an excuse to keep their people oppressed and in poverty.
In February, the U.S. State Department issued a North Korea travel warning and stated that at least 14 American citizens had been kidnapped by the north over the past decade.