Speech by Jae Joong Nam, M.D.
September 28, 2002
Our organization, LFNKR, was honored by the presence of Dr. J.J. Nam,
President of Aegis Foundation, who presented the following speech at our General
Meeting this year.
Scenes of Horror Take Place Regularly
Thank you very much, Chairman Nakadaira and Ms. Okamura, for
We all have heard tales of misery shared by North Korea
In December, 1995 in Vladivostock, three North Korean
refugees were apprehended and North Korean security officers
were alerted by the Russian authorities. Immediately upon
being handed over to the North Korean security officials at
the Russian-North Korean border, one of the defectors, Song
Chang Keun, was shot to death on the spot by a NK official.
This barbaric act was committed openly in the presence of
Russian border guards and so frightened the Russian official
in charge, that he promptly reconsidered his decision and
brought the two remaining North Koreans back to a prison in
Amnesty International reported this incident in June, 1996
and quoted Yevgency Nazdratenko, Governor of the Maritime
Province of the Russian Federation.
In October 1999, an alarming report raced by word of mouth
through the Chinese border town of Tumen. The account was
frightening. A North Korean border official had executed a
captured refugee by hanging on the bank of the Tumen River.
For several days the body was left dangling from a tree as a
warning and meant to intimidate other North Korean villagers
who might consider crossing to China.
I have compelling evidence that a similar incident took
place in China this year. On May 28th, a cruel tragedy took
place, and again it was in Tumen City on the Chinese-North
Korean border. 56 NK refugees had been caught by Chinese
police and were awaiting repatriation to North Korea. Among
the refugees was a retired NK army major named Sohn In Kuk.
When a North Korean State Security official recognized him,
he yelled in contempt, "You again!" The North Korean
official picked up an iron pipe from the ground nearby and
began to club him mercilessly. For over 20 minutes, and in
the presence of Chinese police and prison officials, the
beating continued until Mr. Sohn's body lay lifeless, a
These brutal executions are not merely a direct violation of
universally held human rights. They also raise grave concern
about the fate of NK refugees who are forcibly repatriated
to North Korea by neighboring governments.
Who are these people? Why are they forced to seek their
survival on foreign soil? Who is responsible for this
You will have an answer to the question of "Why?"
In November 2000, BBC reported that full bags of grain,
donated by the international community in the name of
Humanitarian Aid, were being sold in marketplaces of North
Thailand and North Korea signed an agreement whereby 300,000
tons of rice would be delivered to the North on the basis of
"humanitarian government to government" assistance. Less
than a quarter of it reached North Korea. 75% of it was
shipped to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa
for commercial gain. In July of this year, Mr. Pichet, a
House Budget Committee Member of Thailand, strongly accused
North Korea with the charge of abusing humanitarian aid and
diverting it to third countries.
North Korea's so-called, "Dear Leader," Kim Jong-Evil spent
1 billion U.S. dollars to embalm the corpse of his late
father, Kim Il Sung, and to make his resting place a sacred
precinct. He himself spent $30 million to build an armored
train for his trip to Russia in 2001. These astronomical
sums were being spent at the same time 3 million of his
people perished with starvation and related disease.
Mr. Konstantin Pulikovsy, President Vladimir V Putin's envoy
to the Russian Far East, in The New York Times notes the North
Korean's affinity for platform shoes, his fondness of women
and his gourmet meals. Described it as a sybaritic
excursion. Of course he brought several of his pleasure
girls with him. During his trip, Mr. Viktor Popov, Russia's
Far Eastern railway director, commented on the growing drug
problem in the region. The North Korea leader replied: "Mr.
Popov, if you find Koreans in Khabarovsk who deal with
drugs, you can shoot them. I give you permission. We have a
huge population, so there shouldn't be any problems even if
we shoot many people."
Mr. Yun Dae Il, a former Military Security Service officer
defected to South Korea, and wrote a book " Axis of Evil,
the Executioner". The book records that Kim Jong Il ordered
every co-op farm to raise 10 hectares of opium in October of
1998. Na-Nam Pharmaceutical factory, located in the
provincial capital of Chung-jin, North Korea currently
produces one ton of methamphetamine (aka pillofon) and one
ton of heroin per month.
These dangerous and illicit drugs are traded at $1000/kg at
the Chinese-North Korean border area and $ 1,500/Kg on the
high sea. Also he told me that Mr. Yun himself was once
involved in drug deals. It seems almost unthinkable, but
North Korea is much like the Mafia masquerading as a State.
These realities demonstrate that all North Korea's
neighboring countries are not secure.
We find ourselves in the 21st Century, living in a civilized
world. Every individual has the right to choose his or her
religion. Does the North Korean regime allow religious
freedom to its people?
I have met quite a number of NK refugees in China who have
converted to Christianity. If caught in China and
repatriated to North Korea, these new Christians will be
executed or imprisoned in political prison camps if the
regime discovers their new religion.
Another ghastly practice the world community must
investigate is genocidal atrocity carried out under the name
of "race purification" by North Korea.
Over 50,000 North Korean women have married Chinese citizens after fleeing the North.
Some NK women have found a measure of security and domestic
happiness in China and live in fear of being arrested and
repatriated to North Korea. Unfortunately, their marriages
have not prevented many of them from being caught and
deported during pregnancy. After crossing the border, their
babies have been systemically murdered by NK prison guards
with the explanation that their babies were racially impure.
These shocking facts have been well-documented and reported
by Human Right without Frontiers, a respected NGO based in
Belgium in Feb., 02, as well as by the New York Times on
6/11/02, News Week on 3/5/01 and the Marie Claire Monthly
Magazine on October, 02 Issue.
One question should haunt us---What we can do to stop this
I strongly demand that the UNHCHR become actively involved
in investigating this unspeakable human atrocity, and
condemn North Korea's actions. The People's Republic of
China should accept part of this responsibility and issue
these women permanent visas.
North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, and his regime should be
brought to the International Criminal Court and charged with
a Crime Against Humanity.
There are approximately 200,000 of North Korean refugees
hiding in fear in China. Their life is in danger.
Their blood cries out to us who have the power to make a
I will end my speech by quoting a Washington Post editorial
Considerable deference is due the Kim (Dae Jung) Government,
given its democratic credentials and its place on the front
line. Still as one read the tales of North Korean misery,
it's hard not to think that later generations will wonder
why the West treated with such an evil regime--and why this
giant concentration camp of a country was permitted to
endure for so long.
Ladies and Gentleman, it is the time to prepare the answer to
Jae Joong Nam, M.D.