North Korea mentioned Sunday it desires an investigation right into a raid on its embassy in Spain final month, calling it a “grave terrorist assault” and an act of extortion that violates worldwide regulation.
The incident occurred forward of President Donald Trump‘s second summit with chief Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Feb. 27-28. A mysterious group calling for the overthrow of the North Korean regime has claimed accountability.
The North’s official media quoted a International Ministry spokesman as saying that an unlawful intrusion into and occupation of a diplomatic mission and an act of extortion are a grave breach of the state sovereignty and a flagrant violation of worldwide regulation, “and this sort of act ought to by no means be tolerated.”
He claimed an armed group tortured the employees and instructed they stole communications gear.
The 10 individuals who allegedly raided the embassy in Madrid belong to a mysterious dissident group that kinds itself as a government-in-exile devoted to toppling the ruling Kim household dynasty. The chief of the alleged intruders seems to be a Yale-educated human rights activist who was as soon as jailed in China whereas attempting to rescue North Korean defectors dwelling in hiding, in response to activists and defectors.
Particulars have begun trickling out in regards to the raid after a Spanish choose lifted a secrecy order final week and mentioned an investigation of what occurred on Feb. 22 uncovered proof that “a legal group” shackled and gagged embassy employees earlier than escaping with computer systems, exhausting drives and paperwork. A U.S. official mentioned the group is known as Cheollima Civil Protection, a little-known group that lately referred to as for worldwide solidarity within the struggle towards North Korea’s authorities.
Spain has issued a minimum of two worldwide arrest warrants for members of the group.