Skip to comments.Forgotten Killer Among the Korean ‘Erased’
Posted on 07/15/2018 12:23:53 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
SEOUL, South Korea He was one of North Koreas deadliest secret agents.
On Oct. 9, 1983, Kang Min-chul and two other North Korean agents bombed the Martyrs Museum in Rangoon, Burma, in a plot to kill the South Korean president, who was to have laid a wreath there. The bomb missed its mark the presidents car had been delayed but 17 South Koreans, including four cabinet ministers, were killed.
For his deed, Mr. Kang was consigned to oblivion. North Korea denied any connection with the attack. In South Korea, where the bombing was declared a North Korean atrocity, few cared to remember that a North Korean was languishing in a Burmese prison for it. In 2008, Mr. Kang died at the age of 53. During 25 years in prison, he received not a single visitor from his homeland.
Today, 30 years after the bombing, his story has been resurrected in an unlikely quarter: Ra Jong-yil, a former deputy director of the South Korean National Intelligence Service, North Koreas adversary, has written a book about Mr. Kang called Forgotten Terrorist.
Though the author is quick to label Mr. Kang an atrocious criminal, his book is a requiem for people he calls the erased the thousands of young men from both Koreas who were trained as secret fighters of the Cold War. It excoriates political leaders on both sides who denied the mens existence after their missions went wrong, never informing their families or the public of their fate.
Both Mr. Kim and Mr. Kang were arrested with severe wounds after their grenades exploded in their hands. Mr. Ra said he believed the grenades had been modified by North Korean spymasters so that they would explode immediately and kill the agents to remove any evidence of the Norths
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The beautiful KAL bomber had the same fears about the “timed action” bomb she left in the Korean airliner, destroying it later, as it turned out.
Her fears, I see, were reasonable.
[The beautiful KAL bomber had the same fears about the timed action bomb she left in the Korean airliner, destroying it later, as it turned out.
Her fears, I see, were reasonable.]
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Kim married a former South Korean agent handling her case in 1997 and has two children. She lives somewhere in South Korea.
According to a BBC interview in 2013, her family left behind in North Korea was arrested and sent to a labor camp
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