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North Korea Has Nuclear Weapons, Defectors Say

Monday, 24 April 2006 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- North Korean defectors are speaking out about extreme violations of human rights as part of North Korea Freedom Week, a weeklong event designed to focus attention on the plight of those being abused and disenfranchised by Kim Jong-Il's dictatorship.

One former North Korean soldier, Seng-il Soo - who escaped through the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas when President George W. Bush made a speech in Seoul - told NewsMax that North Korea does have nuclear weapons.

"My father went and studied in Russia," said Soo, who has written extensively about the corruption and dysfunction of the North Korean military. "Although I have not seen it myself, my father and his military friends have knowledge of it. Yes, North Korea does have nuclear weapons."

Since Jong-Il's regime "has no money," Soo said that it would be very easy for Islamic terrorists to obtain a nuclear weapon from North Korea because "Kim Jong-Il will want their money" and will do anything to get it.

North Koreans are starving to death because the food shipments from abroad don't reach the people, he said.

"Nothing gets to the citizen. All the food goes to the government and none to the people," he said. "Three million people die of hunger [every year] and everyone [in North Korea] is aware of it. That's why they escape," he said.

Soo and many others are speaking out about abuses in North Korea during Freedom Week, which runs through April 30. It is sponsored by Open Doors USA and North Korea Freedom Coalition.

Soon Ok Lee, a survivor of North Korea's Political Prison camps, said she deeply respected Kim Jong-Il until she was suddenly "imprisoned for no reason for seven years."

Lee also said that many Christians are imprisoned and are often tortured and beaten because "Christians aren't considered to be human beings."

Lee warned that foreigners should stop giving money to churches in North Korea because all of them are bogus. "They are not there because of religious freedom," she said, noting that they are merely a sham so that the communist government can get revenue from gullible foreigners.

Lee hopes that everyone across the globe to unite and wake up to the terrible plight of North Koreans so that Kim Jong-Il will be tried by the International Criminal Court for genocide.

"It doesn't matter where you are [in North Korea] – in prison or in town – all are living in prison," she said. "I don't think there is another country where a dictator kills his people so severely."

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