This testimony was obtained
from the witness' son, relating stories he had heard from his
father in North Korea over the years and, therefore, often lacks
details or some details may be incorrect. Further details, however,
will be available through direct interview with the witness at
the first opportunity.
I was the most senior electrician at the 2.8
Vinalon Unified Factory in Hamhung, South Hamkyong Province, North
Korea, for 23 years since 1980. The factory is the largest chemical
weapon production factory in North Korea. No one in the factory
is authorized to move around within the factory. As a senior electrician,
however, I needed to visit all corners and sections of the factory
quite frequently to install or repair electric systems, as required.
Therefore, I am in a position to draw sites
and show locations of all buildings of the factory.
We whispered among trusted colleagues about
prisoners arriving by State Security Agency (SSA) truck twice
a month or so and disappearing in the factory.
One of the sections is called “Daily Site No. 2”
which is for the liquid gas production. In that section, I saw
human hands scratching a round glass window inside a chamber that
was locked with a heavy metal door. There are a few such chambers
there. When the chambers were not in use, I was often inside the
chambers for electric work after signing an affidavit to the effect
that I will never disclose what I know about it.
I always had to put on a gas mask inside the
chambers. I can provide further details and sketches of the factory
and the gas chambers when I have arrived at a location of safety
with my children.
In July this year, I happened to be in the office
of the SSA Chief in the factory and saw a thick stack of records
of sacrificed prisoners on his table. When the chief was busy
at another file cabinet,
I quickly snatched 3 pages from the record,
wadded them up and threw them into a waste basket nearby. Later,
I retrieved them from the basket and hid them in my underwear.
My heart was beating like thunder.
One of the 3 pages is attached herewith. I have
the other two pages with me now. On condition of anonymity, I
am willing to testify to the horrendous crimes by the North Korean
regime of human biological experimentation that has been perpetuated
over the years in this factory.
I will openly testify when my last child, a
daughter with a 5-month-old baby, is out of North Korea.
My second son, 24 years old, graduated from
the Hamhung Chemical Engineering University, as a most distinguished
student and has since worked in the same factory as a researcher
at the chemical laboratory of the factor for 3 years. I believe
that he has some information that will shed some light on the
type of gas the factory is believed to have been producing.