A North Korean nuclear expert reportedly committed suicide in his prison cell after being forced to return to the communist dictatorship this month; swallowing poison following his transfer from China to the hermit kingdom.
The defector was apprehended in China after he refused to return to North Korea during a work visit, saying he was suffering from “anxiety over his research projects.” The unidentified man was arrested and transferred across the border to Korean authorities.
According to Fox News, the man took his own life while waiting to be interrogated by Kim’s regime, killing “himself only a few hours after he was placed in solitary confinement at the State Security Department in Sinuiju city.”
“He died before he could be questioned about the reasons for his escape, who had helped him, and what his route had been,” a source close to the incident confirmed. “He must have been searched many times while being taken from China to Sinuiju, so it’s a mystery how he was able to conceal the poison he took.”
The incident is the latest high-profile defection from Kim Jong Un’s regime in recent weeks. Earlier this month, two North Korean soldiers shockingly dashed across the de-militarized zone between North and South Korea; rushing towards freedom while being chased by their former comrades.
BREACH: North Korean Hackers Steal Secret US Plan to 'Decapitate' Kim
Hackers from inside North Korea managed to steal covert war-plans from the United States and South Korean militaries in recent months, including a joint plot to assassinate dictator Kim Jong Un should war erupt on the peninsula.
According to the BBC, Rhee Cheol-hee –a South Korean lawmaker- confirmed the cyberattack, saying troves of covert military plans were illegally stolen from the Defense Ministry’s computer servers last September.
The legislator said over 235 gigabytes of military data had been compromised, including a secret plot to take out the North Korean despot if a nuclear launch was deemed inevitable.
Pyongyang denies the allegation, calling South Korea’s claims a “fabrication.” Mr. Lee, a member of his parliament’s Defense Committee, refused to elaborate further on what specific documents were compromised, but said US military plans were included in the breached material.
News that Kim likely has access to top-secret US military operations sent alarm-bells ringing throughout Washington and the region at large; raising the stakes as tensions between the two nations continue to escalate.
The President increased his pressure on the communist nation Monday, saying that 25-years of diplomacy and negotiations with North Korea had failed, pointing out that “only one thing will work.”
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The Moment North Korean Defector DASHES Across DMZ
It’s not uncommon for North Korean defectors to find their way into South Korea, but nearly all cases involve routing through China before heading towards the staunch US ally.
Current estimates say only four people have successfully crossed the DMZ in several years.