close Video One year after the summit in Singapore, where do things stand with North Korea? Former intelligence officer Don Bramer on relations between the U.S. and North Korea. On February 22, 2019, I was inside the North Korean embassy in Madrid. I am a North Korean refugee. After being orphaned as a child, I faced hunger daily and fled alone as a young teenager to China before getting captured, repatriated and sentenced to forced labor and starvation in an internment camp. I witnessed public executions, suicides, and mass starvation, the everyday atrocities in an evil totalitarian regime. NORTH KOREA'S PUBLIC EXECUTION SITES NUMBERING IN THE HUNDREDS IDENTIFIED IN NEW REPORT After nearly dying in the camp, I was released as I was no longer useful as a laborer. I then managed to escape again - this time, all the way to freedom and refugee status in a free country. I am grateful to have experienced freedom and a full stomach. My friends and family and millions … [Read more...] about North Korean refugee: We took huge risks to help others reach freedom. Why is the US, Spain punishing us?
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close Video Eric Shawn: Calls to drop case against 'Free North Korea' Anti- Kim Jong Un regime activists charged, not thanked, by feds They entered the North Korean embassy in Madrid, Spain last February, and grabbed computers, thumb drives and a cell phone that they then handed over to the FBI, investigators said. But instead of thanking them, the Justice Department is charging the pair. The two dissidents, 37-year-old U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn and noted human rights activist Adrian Hong, are members of the North Korean resistance group Free Joseon, or "Free North Korea." They are calling for the downfall of Kim Jong Un's regime and consider themselves the "Provisional government of Free Joseon." But now, the U.S. is seeking to extradite the two to face charges in Madrid. U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn may be extradited to face charges. (Provisional Government of Free Joseon) "We shouldn't extradite these people to Spain," says Gordon Chang, the … [Read more...] about Calls grow to drop case against US Marine and activists in North Korean embassy intrusion
close Video Eric Shawn: 'Free North Korea' activists targeted by US Lawyer Lee Wolosky fights extradition effort by Trump administration. A former U.S. Marine who is an activist in a group advocating freedom for North Korea has had a target placed on his back by Kim Jong Un's regime, a federal judge in Los Angeles has said. "The F.B.I. has confirmed that the North Korean government has threatened his life," U.S. Magistrate Jean Rosenbluth wrote in an order conditionally granting bail to Christopher Ahn on $1 million bond. " ... He is apparently the target of a dictatorship's efforts to murder him." Chris Ahn (U.S. Marine Corps) The 37-year-old Ahn, who spent six years in the military and served in the Iraq War, was arrested in February as a member of the group Free Joseon. The group, whose name means "Free North Korea," opposes the Kim regime and has helped some high-level North Koreans to defect. They even consider themselves the … [Read more...] about North Koreans want to kill ex-Marine accused of entering Spain embassy, judge says
close Video Eric Shawn: 'Free North Korea' activists targeted by US Lawyer Lee Wolosky fights extradition effort by Trump administration. A former U.S. Marine accused of breaking into North Korea's embassy in Madrid and assaulting diplomatic personnel was freed on $1.3 million bond in Los Angeles on Tuesday. As a condition of his release, Christopher Ahn must confine himself to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills ahead of his possible extradition to Spain and must wear an ankle monitor. CALLS GROW TO DROP CASE AGAINST US MARINE AND ACTIVIST AND ACTIVISTS IN NORTH KOREA EMBASSY INTRUSION “I spent a lot of time reading about you and I’m confident you’re going to do the right thing,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth told Ahn, who had several family members in attendance at the hearing. Video Ahn can only leave his home for medical appointments and church. He is expected to be released in the … [Read more...] about Ex-Marine accused by Spain of North Korean embassy break-in freed on bail
North Korea is poking holes through a global web of sanctions and generating enough cash to keep its nuclear weapons program moving along as a year-end deadline Kim Jong Un set to reach a deal with the U.S. approaches -- with little progress in sight. Instead of "concrete, verifiable steps toward denuclearization" -- a mantra of President Donald Trump's policy toward Pyongyang -- Kim has yet to make any concessions on his nation's nuclear program. The ability of the North Korean leader to find ways around United Nations sanctions is making it difficult for America's "maximum pressure" campaign to deliver on what the Trump administration has promised. "The problem is there is wiggle room, and while the sanctions are effective at squeezing the economy over the long run, I don't believe Chairman Kim Jong Un sees them as a challenge in the short term," Hugh Griffiths, who led the U.N.'s panel of experts on North Korea until earlier this year, said in an interview. Kim has repeatedly … [Read more...] about North Korea masters sanctions evasion as Kim’s deadline nears