There seems to be no limit to how bad, evil even, North Korea's barbaric dictator Kim Jong-Un could be. Reports have it that he has ordered the training of special forces to infiltrate its neighbor and U.S. ally South Korea to kidnap Western tourists there and use them as hostages should the U.S. attack North Korea.
The vicious plan to target and snatch Western tourists will reportedly be used as a sick bargaining tool in case war erupts between North Korea and the U.S. The shocking information comes from a former North Korean soldier who defected.
Ung-gil Lee, a former corporal in the 11th Storm Corps who fled the communist regime 11 years ago gave a detailed account to European media what the communist regime planned to do in the event of war. The North Korean agents would sneak into the South, change their clothing perhaps in an effort to blend in with the South Korean crowd, go into areas where there are lots of foreigners and capture some of them.
The former North Korean soldier said that they memorized locations, phone numbers and the car number plates of major embassies.
The defector also shared his opinion that the U.S. must not attack unless it is sure that it can kill the barbaric tyrant Kim Jong-Un. He has specifically given his 'friendly' warning to President Trump.
What Ung-gil said is not exactly far from reality, because infiltration into South Korea by North Korea elite troops has indeed happened in the past. North Korean units of soldiers remain active in testing the defense capabilities of their bitter enemy. They have been detected operating inside and around South Korea numerous times since the end of the Korean War.
In 1996, a North Korean sub managed to land three troops to spy on South Korea's navy near Jeongdongjin, but their vessel ran aground on its way to picking up its team.
The crew tried to cleverly destroy all intelligence materials in the sub and tried to make it back to North Korea, but the whole team except for one was killed by South Korean forces.
Kim Jong-Un just this morning tried to defy the U.S. and the world's urging for it to abandon its nuclear arms ambitions anew by launching yet another missile, but its attempt failed. The South Korean military reported the said attempt near the Sinpo region, around the same area from where North Korea tested a ballistic missile last month.
Pentagon said the missile used earlier today remains unidentified. It came a day after the nation's celebration of the birth anniversary of its founder, Kim il-Sung, the grandfather of current dictator Kim Jong-Un. The regime tried to make a grand showcase of its new missiles during the parade and festivities. The North Korean troops were also gathered together in a show of force for the world to see.
It is expected that the latest act of belligerence from North Korea may escalate tensions in the region, and with the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has just arrived in Seoul today, in part to give reassurance of U.S. enduring commitment to protect its close ally in the face of North's aggression.
While the reports of kidnapping plans are unofficial, knowing how bad Kim Jong-Un could be, it is to the best interest of Western tourists in South Korea, especially Americans, to be extra careful and vigilant with their security while staying there.