Sunday, November 6, 2005


I came across this in The Washington Times' Inside the Beltway section:

Divided hallway

An unexpected face-to-face encounter -- in the hallowed halls of Congress, no less -- turned downright ugly when North Korea's deputy chief to the United Nations, Ambassador Han Song-ryol, purportedly threatened the life of a North Korean defector, Kim Seung-min, director of Free North Korea Radio.

Our story begins last Thursday, when Republican Reps. Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey and Jim Leach of Iowa, the respective chairmen of the subcommittees on global human rights and Asia and the Pacific, were preparing to hear testimony from Mr. Kim and North Korean defectors Cha Kyeong-sook and Ma Soon-hee, both women.

Also in attendance was Suzanne Scholte, president of the Defense Forum Foundation that sponsored and arranged for the defectors' testimony. She tells Inside the Beltway that never, in their wildest dreams, did the trio of defectors expect to confront the enemy, who ironically was being feted at a congressional luncheon just across the hall hosted by Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, and attended by some 20 members of Congress.
So, she continues, "The three North Korean defectors and I went into the room," where Mr. Kim held up a sign in Korean that read: "The Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula is the Expulsion of [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-il."

"Kim then said these same words to Ambassador Han as he was walking across the room," Mrs. Scholte says, at which time she adds "Han then threatened Kim with, 'Do you want to die ... ?'?" (full article)

I thought this was hilarious. Translating the last phrase into Korean is the equivalent of a Congressman saying, "Wat me ta cap you ass wit a rusty nine?" Seriously ghetto, or serious hillbilly action... however you want to view this, the North Korean Ambassador needs to go to diplomacy summer school. Maybe him and the Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can take the class together.

One Free Korea has more here, which is a blog I just came across.

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