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US man Kim Dong-chul jailed for spying in North Korea

North Korea has sentenced a US man to 10 years of hard labor for spying

BBC reports: Kim Dong-chul, a 62-year-old naturalized US citizen born in South Korea, was arrested last October. Kim had made an apparent confession in Pyongyang last month in front of reporters, saying he was paid by South Korean intelligence officers. The US has previously accused North Korea of using its citizens as pawns in a diplomatic game. Pyongyang denies the accusations. The U.S. State Department has declined to comment the issue, grounding on the fact that speaking publicly about detained Americans can complicate the process of getting them released.

Kim, who used to live in Virginia, confessed that South Korean spies have recruited him with the help of U.S. intelligence officials. North Korea had revealed that Kim had a USB stick containing military and nuclear secrets on him when he was arrested in the special economic zone of Rason.

Kim’s detainment comes amidst high tensions, caused by North Korea’s launch of nuclear tests, which violate UN sanctions. Although the previous launches have failed, it was reported that an attempt to conduct a fifth nuclear test will be undertaken soon. The recent nuclear activity is anticipated to provide a much-needed consolidation of party power in North Korea under Kim Jong-un’s tenure.

Other recent cases of foreigners being imprisoned in North Korea include:

  • Otto Frederick Warmbier, a US student who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016 for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel and "crimes against the state".
  • Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian Christian pastor of South Korean origin, was sentenced to a life term of hard labor in December, also for "crimes against the state".
  • Sandra Suh, an American aid worker, was arrested then expelled in April 2015, accused of gathering and producing anti-North propaganda.
  • Matthew Todd Miller was sentenced to six years' hard labor in September 2014 for what North Korean state media described as "hostile acts", but was released in November the same year.
  • Kenneth Bae was arrested in November 2012 and accused of using his tourism business to form groups to overthrow the government. Sentenced to 15 years' hard labor in May 2013 but was released along with Mr Miller.
  • Jeffrey Fowle, held for five months and charged with "anti-state" crimes, was released in October 2014.
  • Korean War veteran Merrill Newman, held in October 2013 on charges of "hostile acts," was released in December the same year.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

EXPERT OPINION

Pedro Marin

North Korea seems to be something like a Bermuda Triangle for U.S: every time the former stands against something happening in there, it makes it look just hypocritical. It’s very ironic, after all, that the U.S government accuses North Korea of using its citizens “as pawns in a diplomatic game”. This is the same country that until recently held Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González in prison (the ‘Cuban Five’) for over a decade because they fought terrorism. Not because they’ve stolen classified data with the support of foreign governments, as Mr. Kim Dong-chul has confessed to.

I should ask, as some American media outlets argue DPRK gave Mr. Dong-chul a “harsh sentence”: Can Snowden return home already?

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