In the wake of accusations and denials stemming from Otto Warmbier‘s fateful journey to North Korea, and his release in a vegetative state to America on “humanitarian grounds,” Reuters reported that DPRK said its diplomats were harassed at the JFK airport in New York.
Kim Jong Un‘s government said its statesmen were “mugged” on US soil by officials who are supposed to be custodians of the law.
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The diplomats alleged that their diplomat package was forcibly confiscated, a sign which they said, raises dusts on New York as the United Nations (UN) headquarter.
Manhattan, New York City, is a seat to the 195-nation intergovernmental organization which recently held a conference on the rights of persons with disabilities.
The government representatives from N. Korea were on their way back from the meeting before officials at the John F. Kennedy airport “literally mugged” them.
According to the claimants, this “unprovoked” and “unnecessary” harassment amount to “an illegal and heinous act of provocation.”
Speaking on behalf of Kim Jong Un’s government, Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a statement, “Diplomats of a sovereign state are being robbed of a diplomatic package in the middle of New York where the headquarters of the United Nations is located and that serves as the venue for international meetings including the United Nations General Assembly.
“This clearly shows that the US is a felonious and lawless gangster state.
“The international community needs to seriously reconsider whether or not New York, where such an outrageous mugging is rampant, is fit to serve as the venue for international meetings,” KCNA said.
The North Korean diplomats said they were in possession of a valid diplomatic courier certificate.
In its allegations against the State Department, KCNA said more than 20 American officials were involved in the June 16 incident.
The Korean news outlet added that those alleged assailants “proudly” introduced themselves as officials from the US Department of Homeland Security.
” [The State Department officials] made a violent assault like gangsters to take away the diplomatic package from the diplomats,” KCNA added in its claims.
For its nuclear arms building and provocative tests of ballistic missiles, the UN Security Council has imposed sanctions against North Korea, a member of the intergovernmental body.
The North accused UN of being biased, and therefore rejected the resolutions as infringements of its right to self defense and space exploration.