Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong-ryul, a former KPA Colonel and employee of Kim Il-sung’s secretariat (and perhaps KJI’s Personal Secretariat), has told his story to two Austrian journalists and released a memoir in German Im Dienst des Diktators: Leben und Flucht eines nordkoreanischen Agenten (In the Service of the Dictator:The Life and Escape of a North Korean Agent). Kim Jong-ryul was a primary operative in the North Koreans’ Austria operation, earning foreign currency and procuring various luxury products, technology and foodstuffs for the late KIS. When the DPRK President passed away in 1994, Mr. Kim faked his death in Slovakia and subsequently took residence in Austria where he has resided for the last 15 years.
On one such shopping trip to Europe however, he turned his back on his country and family.
“Now, just like when I fled, North Korea is a horrible, false, two-faced dictatorship,” according to Kim Jong Ryul.
“I thought after the death of the great dictator Kim (Il Sung), this regime wouldn’t last long.”
“I waited two-three years, then it was five years. What is it now? 15-16 years. So I was mistaken, I was gravely mistaken,” he told journalists.
Adam Cathcart has a comprehensive posting about the Kim Jong-ryul memoir.