‘Publicity stunt’

Former North Korean assassin says she doesn’t trust Kim Jong Un’s overtures toward South Korea

Former North Korean spy Kim Hyon-Hui. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Former North Korean spy Kim Hyon-hui, who infamously killed 115 people in 1987 when she blew up a passenger jet on orders from then-North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, says that his son’s decision to join with South Korea to form a united Olympic team should not be seen as a positive sign.

“North Korea is using the Olympics as a weapon,” she told NBC News. “It’s trying to escape the sanctions by holding hands with South Korea, trying to break free from international isolation.”

According to Hyon-Hui, Kim Jong Un is using the Olympics as “a publicity stunt” to buy time for his burgeoning nuclear program, adding that “North Korea will start its provocations against” once the Olympics were through.

Hyon-hui had been sentenced to death by a South Korean court for her role in the 1987 plane bombing, but was pardoned on the basis that she had been brainwashed by North Korea’s government. Thirty years later, Hyon-Hui is married to a South Korean and says she tries to visit the memorial to the bombing’s victims each year “to make an apology and to pray for their souls.”

Watch excerpts from Hyon-Hui’s interview with NBC News below.

Read the full story at NBC News.

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