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Anti-Pyongyang group admits involvement in raid on DPRK embassy in Spain

  • March 28, 2019
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Asahi, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that a group advocating the overthrow of the Kim Jong Un regime posted on its website on Wednesday a statement admitting its involvement in a raid on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid on Feb. 22. The organization, Free Joseon, emphasized in the statement that the raid was not an attack on the embassy, but was a “response to an emergency situation in the embassy,” and that it has shared with the FBI “information of enormous potential value” that it obtained in the raid. Asahi wrote that according to ROK government sources, the organization consists of North Korean defectors and Korean- Americans. The paper noted that the group is believed to be behind an effort to relocate the family of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam, who was killed at an airport in Kuala Lumpur in March 2017.


Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that Spanish judicial authorities announced on Wednesday that a Mexican man who is allegedly a key member of the group of 10 perpetrators fled to the United States and contacted the FBI on Feb. 27 to share materials stolen in the raid. According to Yomiuri, State Department Spokesperson Palladino said at a press briefing that the United States government had nothing to do with the incident.

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