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KCNA Issues​ Commentary on Diplo ROK Defection

The Korean Central News Agency disseminated a commentary on August 20 (Saturday) responding to the defection to the ROK of T’ae Yo’ng-ho [Thae Yong Ho], the former minister at the DPRK Embassy in the UK. This is DPRK state media’s first observed response to the defection.
KCNA’s commentary was:

The south Korean puppet regime is busy ratcheting up the anti-DPRK smear campaign and confrontation.

Of late, the Park Geun Hye (Pak Ku’n-hye) group of traitors in south Korea carried out an operation to bring to south Korea a DPRK’s diplomat who fled his mission in London with his family for fear of legal punishment for his crimes.

He was instructed to return home in June last for questioning as regards the embezzlement of huge amount of state funds, leakage of state secrets for money and rape of a minor.

The Central Public Prosecutors Office of the DPRK looked into his crimes and issued a legal document on starting the investigation on July 12.

He deserved a legal punishment for his crimes, but he took to flight, betraying his country and parents and other kith and kin. He thus revealed himself as human scum bereft of elementary sense of moral obligation and conscience.

As already reported, the south Korean puppet regime committed such a hideous terrorism as kidnapping innocent citizens of the DPRK in daylight and taking them to south Korea. Not content with this, it is using the above-said bete noire for the anti-DPRK smear campaign and confrontation in a sinister bid to tarnish the DPRK’s international prestige at any cost and divert elsewhere the south Korean public criticism of its unpopular rule.

Great irony is that the south Korean puppet group is working hard to help the criminal improve his image by floating sheer lies that he was in charge of the party work at his mission and he was a son of an anti-Japanese revolutionary fighter and the like.

A dumping ground is full of blowflies.

The already tattered anti-DPRK smear campaign kicked off by the Park Geun Hye (Pak Ku’n-hye) regime with criminals and human scum involved, taken aback by the ever-rising prestige of the DPRK, would only throw it into a bottomless quagmire.

What merits a serious attention is that the British authorities, who paint their country as a law-governed state, handed him to the south Korean puppet regime hell-bent on confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the DPRK in disregard of its legitimate demand for sending back the criminal and the international practice on his extradition.

From the outset of the incident the DPRK had informed the UK of what he committed and asked for his extradition for investigation.

However, the UK handed over the fugitive and his family carrying no passports to the south Korean puppet forces, contrary to its duty to protect the foreign diplomats in its country, thereby besmirching its image as a law-governed state.

By whisking off the criminal the UK left such indelible blot as getting involved in the crime and inciting the south Korean regime’s confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the DPRK.

Such act against elementary good faith perpetrated by the UK would only further deteriorate the complicated north-south relations and it would not do the UK good either.


This entry was posted on 08/20/2016 by in DPRK External Relations.

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