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Surviving KAL Bomber Speaks Out on TV

 
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catman



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:28 pm    Post subject: Surviving KAL Bomber Speaks Out on TV Reply with quote

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Kim Hyun-hee, the last surviving bomber of Korean Air flight 858, has appeared for the first time on a TV talk show to tell her side of the story. In the two-part talk show on TV Chosun broadcast on Monday and Tuesday, Kim said former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il personally ordered the 1987 bombing of the flight in order to disrupt the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and foment fear in the South. At the time she felt no pang of conscience but was overwhelmed that she had been chosen by the "dear leader" to carry out a huge mission, she recalled.

Kim described in detail how she was selected as an agent. When she was studying Japanese at Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies, officials from the Workers Party interviewed and tested students. They went through memory, observation and physical exams and had to prove their loyalty to the party.

During her seven years and eight months of spy training, she learned Chinese and Japanese and had to undergo endurance training like climbing mountains with 10 kg weights tied to her legs, as well as being taught self-defense skills, shooting, swimming, radio communication and code breaking.

She said KAL 858 was targeted because the passengers were mainly South Koreans workers going to the Middle East and there were few foreigners whose death could trigger diplomatic problems.

When Kim was captured, she was ordered by fellow agent Kim Seung-il, who was posing as her father, to commit suicide by poison pill. But local police tried to wrest a cigarette pack containing the pill away from her, forcing her to rush and bungle the attempt.

Kim was brought to South Korea and confessed eight days later. She said she had a change of heart because South Korean intelligence officers took her sightseeing and she saw how freely and comfortably people in the South lived. She married a National Intelligence Service agent in 1997 and has two children.

She said she was dismayed when even NIS officials during the Roh Moo-hyun administration accused her of being part of an elaborate setup designed to blacken North Korea's name. "The Roh government told me to emigrate," Kim said. "They were probably trying to make it look as if I'd fled because I was a fake."

Kim also talked about the meaning of her survival. She said people in the South do not know how valuable freedom is. "That is why we are seeing pro-North figures in the South who worship North Korea," she said. The reason she was pardoned by South Korea is because the country wanted her to serve as a living reminder of the brutality of the North Korean regime, she added.


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luckylady



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought Reagan admitted to having shot down that plane? or am I thinking of another one?
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jvalmer



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luckylady wrote:
I thought Reagan admitted to having shot down that plane? or am I thinking of another one?

You thinking of this one?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Air_Flight_007

The Russian shot this one down. Although I do believe the US did use Korean and Japanese civilian aircraft to take aerial photographs over Russian territory. The Russians did the same with Finnish airliners.
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young_clinton



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luckylady wrote:
I thought Reagan admitted to having shot down that plane? or am I thinking of another one?


I'm not a real Reagan fan either. I always thought that he was an overglorified Republican, but be that as it may Laughing aren't they supposed to train you guys not to say things that sound like they're off the wall to the people that you're communicating with? That way people don't think you're just another irrational pro-northie or anti-American
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Julius



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luckylady wrote:
I thought Reagan admitted to having shot down that plane?


Was that in one of his movies?
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luckylady



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jvalmer wrote:
luckylady wrote:
I thought Reagan admitted to having shot down that plane? or am I thinking of another one?

You thinking of this one?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Air_Flight_007

The Russian shot this one down. Although I do believe the US did use Korean and Japanese civilian aircraft to take aerial photographs over Russian territory. The Russians did the same with Finnish airliners.


maybe. that was a long time ago.
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GENO123



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What she looked like 25 years ago.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Ub20K-o0cio/TEfq76LdXuI/AAAAAAAAAU8/jJRw2xAJSiU/s1600/Kim+Hyun+Hui+Tears+of+My+Soul+author+photo.jpg
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On the other hand



Joined: 19 Apr 2003
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jvalmer wrote:
luckylady wrote:
I thought Reagan admitted to having shot down that plane? or am I thinking of another one?

You thinking of this one?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Air_Flight_007

The Russian shot this one down.


This one was shot down by the Americans...

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Iran Air Flight 655 was a civilian jet airliner shot down by U.S. missiles on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War. The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2-203 operated by Iran Air, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. While flying in Iranian airspace over Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf on its usual flight path, it was destroyed by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49). All 290 onboard including 66 children and 16 crew perished.[1] The incident is ranked ninth among the deadliest disasters in aviation history. It was the highest death toll of any aviation incident in the Indian Ocean and the highest death toll of any incident involving an Airbus A300 anywhere in the world[citation needed]. The Vincennes had entered Iranian territorial waters after one of its helicopters drew warning fire from Iranian speedboats operating within Iranian territorial limits


Iran Air Flight 655
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jvalmer



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the other hand wrote:
This one was shot down by the Americans...

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Iran Air Flight 655 was a civilian jet airliner shot down by U.S. missiles on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War. The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2-203 operated by Iran Air, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. While flying in Iranian airspace over Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf on its usual flight path, it was destroyed by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49). All 290 onboard including 66 children and 16 crew perished.[1] The incident is ranked ninth among the deadliest disasters in aviation history. It was the highest death toll of any aviation incident in the Indian Ocean and the highest death toll of any incident involving an Airbus A300 anywhere in the world[citation needed]. The Vincennes had entered Iranian territorial waters after one of its helicopters drew warning fire from Iranian speedboats operating within Iranian territorial limits


Iran Air Flight 655

Forgot about that one.
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catman



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Dead Leader's handiwork.
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