North Korea Accuses "Gangster State" US Of "Mugging" Diplomats

North Korea is accusing the US of seizing an official diplomatic package from a team of diplomats headed home from a UN summit on the rights of the disabled – an act it said was tantamount to “mugging” its delegates, who enjoy diplomatic immunity.

The North's foreign ministry says agents from the Department of Homeland Security, along with local police, intercepted the diplomats at John F Kennedy International Airport on Friday, a day after the North released 22-year old American student Otto Warmbier, who was freed and sent back to the US in a coma, Reuters reported.

The incident marks the conclusion of a brief episode of detente between the North and US that culminated in Warmbier's release. For their part, officials at the State Department and White House have refused to confirm or deny the story, and won’t talk about it. As evidenced by Warmbier’s release, the US and North Korea appear to have opened a dialogue, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the two powers are continuing to discuss the possibility of releassing three other Americans being held by the North.

Here’s Reuters:

The North's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the delegation was returning from a U.N. conference on the rights of persons with disabilities "was literally mugged" at the John F. Kennedy airport in "an illegal and heinous act of provocation."


"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," the spokesman said.


"This clearly shows that the U.S. is a felonious and lawless gangster state," the spokesman said in comments carried by the North's official KCNA news agency.


"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.


KCNA said the incident took place on June 16 when more than 20 officials who claimed to be from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and police "made a violent assault like gangsters to take away the diplomatic package from the diplomats."


The diplomats were in possession of a valid diplomatic courier certificate, KCNA said.

As Reuters reports, the North is a member of the UN, even though the UN Security Council has levied sanctions against the country for its nuclear program. The North has rejected the sanctions, saying it needs nuclear weapons for self-defense and space exploration.

After what had seemingly become a weekly occurrence, the North’s missile tests have inexplicably ceased – though US official have repeatedly warned that what would be the North's tenth test this year is right around the corner.

Under President Donald Trump, the US has ratcheted up pressure on the North, pushing China to sanction domestic companies that provide essential materials for the North’s nuclear program. And there’s the suspicion that the US may have had a hand in the failure of a missile launch in April, which occurred the day after Kim Jong Un oversaw an elaborate military parade in the center of the North’s capital, Pyongyang. The US also has positioned a navy strike fleet in the waters off the Korean Peninsula, ready to counter any acts of aggression from Kim.

If the report is accurate, perhaps the thaw in relations between the North and the US is now over before it really began. Now the real question: will we see Kim Jong Un retaliate, perhaps in the form of a missile test?

Or maybe they were just taking back the Donald’s favorite earmarked copy of “The Art of the Deal.”


Insurrexion (not verified) Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:22 Permalink

Uh. Oh.We Are so fucked.Who sent the guy from Mali to give Kimmy a book by The Don, written in English?

BaBaBouy HRClinton Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

"" KCNA said the incident took place on June 16 when more than 20 officials who claimed to be from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and police "made a violent assault like gangsters to take away the diplomatic package from the diplomats."

The diplomats were in possession of a valid diplomatic courier certificate, KCNA said. ""

Just because you are Mr. BiG, you can flaunt all Laws and Regulations at will, and accountable no No-one ???

OR... Sabotaging Rodmans' Efforts for some sort of Peace???

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FixItAgainTony Cordeezy (not verified) Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:40 Permalink

The UN isn't about humane guidance. Look at their miserably inept performance concerning the Iraq people over the past 25 years.

At best, the UN is a harmless bureaucrat's job given as political favor. At worst, its a lost opportunity to achieve useful diplomacy. In reality, it is probably a knob-slobbing social club and brownstone operation.

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Truth Eater Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:29 Permalink

Missiles testing has stopped.  They can't afford more than a few per year.  They already used up their entire annual GDP for the tests they have done.  Pudgy boy is worried he will run out of twinkies and jello pudding.  I wonder if Rodman brought over a couple pallets of fat foods for the ravenous little porker. I am on the fence right now.  If South Korea tells us to get out, I would pull up stakes and get Americans out of that hell hole immediately.  On the other hand, I would have not problem seeing the porker get a special delivery package.

Dilluminati Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:35 Permalink

whoda f0ck cares what NK thinks and how they feel?they beat a US citizen into a coma, so f0ck thing to do the time for the crime, but the NK pussies beat him to a veggie..we oughta beat some NK ass in the streets

artichoke Dilluminati Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:55 Permalink

Well not so much "time for the crime" either.  He took down a poster.  They could have demanded it back.  They could have demanded an apology or a fine.  They cannot turn that into 15 years at hard labor and be considered a civilized government.Maybe Trump just wanted Warmbier back, now he's going after them, now they can't hurt him any more.

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rejected artichoke Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:44 Permalink

There's an old saying... When in Rome, do as the Romans do.NK is a very closed society and they still have serious penalties for crime.  The poster was an official State Document. He should have left it alone and his timing was very bad.Yes, beaten into coma is far too harsh but so is losing a hand if your caught stealing in Saudi Arabia.I have been to several different countries. First off one needs to study up on the country's customs and laws. And it's not a good idea to go into a country that considers your country an enemy and everyone from it a spy.When in Rome, do as the Romans do and don't do.

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rejected Dilluminati Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:36 Permalink

Let's see.....What did Libya do to have their country destroyed and millions killed/wounded/displaced by the exceptional USA.Yugoslavia..Iraq..Yemen..Afghanistan..Syria..Maybe the world feels the same way for America.And the last time the US tried to beat some NK ass 36,000 Americans died. So you want to do this again.

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aloha_snakbar Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:37 Permalink

Maybe we should roll like NK does, pick up all of their diplomatic emmissaries and beat them into a persistent vegetative state like Otto Warmbier...sounds fair to me...

rejected oDumbo Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:30 Permalink

Ever wonder why the US never has went in and bombed NK?Because Kim was right. Being a nuclear power protects them... and wouldn't you want to be able to talk to another nuclear power? That's the reasons for embassies.So long as we have a Saudi and Israeli embassy in the US which have done far more damage to the US I don't see a problem with NK.No, I haven't down voted anyone today... It's probably the US Intel creeps.

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artichoke Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:52 Permalink

Maybe that was in return for turning Mr. Warmbier into a disabled person.  His crime?  Taking down a political poster from the wall in his hotel, hoping to bring it home as a souvenir.  Punishment?  15 years at hard labor, and beatings too apparently.

TJ-7.4.26 Sun, 06/18/2017 - 16:52 Permalink

Everyone hears only what they want especially when it matches their closed-minded beliefs. - Who reported the teenager's health status and what evidence supports the reporting? - If the teenager is in a coma then when did it occur? - What evidence supports the cause of the coma? - Is the evidence so conclusive that there is absolutely only one reason why the coma occurred?

Laughing.Man Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:06 Permalink

IMO, the US State Dept should issue a travel ban to North Korea given the level of animosity.  If any idiot decides to vacation to North Korea then they are on their own.  I see no reason for taxpayers to pay to have these idiots freed.  Let them rot in prison for their stupidity. Although this incident involved North Korea, the US State Dept don't realize the damage that they have done to themselves.  US diplomats will no longer enjoy the same privileges regardless of which nation they're in.  It's probably better in the long run that the UN HQ be relocated to Geneva anyway.