February 01, 2004

N. Korea Gassing Prisoners

A BBC documentary titled "Access to Evil" features an "official North Korean document that says political prisoners are used to test new chemical weapons." A military attache is quoted in the document as having personally witnessed an entire family being gassed.

"I witnessed a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber. The parents, son, and a daughter. The parents were vomiting and dying, but 'til the very last moment they tried to save kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing,''

More chilling even than that description is the same official's subsequent statement:

Asked how he felt about the children, he said: "It would be a total lie for me to say I felt sympathetic about the children dying such a painful death. Under the society and the regime I was in at the time, I only felt that they were the enemies."

UPDATE 2/2: The Guardian also has a story on the topic.

Posted by dan at February 1, 2004 02:47 PM
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