A North Korean plot to sabotage the Olympics and possibly derail a crucial South Korean election hinged on a pair of very unusual spies. When one of the bombers survived after swallowing a cyanide capsule, she told investigators her whole world was a lie.
Content note: This episode concerns a terrorist attack, a plane crash, mass murder, and a death by poisoning. It also contains discussions of police brutality and torture.
Featured image: Kim Hyon-hui, who also went by the names Ok Hwa and Mayumi Hachiya. This picture was taken in 2010. (Image source)
Kim Hyon-hui is interviewed in the leadup to the 2018 Olympics. She was outspoken about her suspicion that North Korea’s friendly attitude and willingness to discuss nuclear disarmament in the lead-up to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics were probably lies. She was correct. North Korea continued to expand its stockpile of nuclear weapons in the years after 2018.
Korean Air Lines Boeing 707-338C. I believe this may be a different plane than HL7406, the one destroyed in the bombing, but it has the same livery. (Image source)
Statues of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il (right) in Pyongyang. (Image source)
Footage of propaganda created by the North Korean government shortly after Kim Jong Il was succeeded by his son Kim Jong Un.
More footage of North Korean propaganda and brief interviews with people of varying ages who’ve grown up consuming that propaganda. This report is from 2017 and has a hopeful tone about the possibility of North Korea giving up its nuclear program.
A memorial to the victims of the bombing at Yangjae Citizens’ Forest. (Image source)
- Korean Jet Disappears Over Burma
- UN Security Council Provisional Verbatim Report of UNSC Meeting no 2791, held in NY, Tuesday, feb 16, 1988
- Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
- Confessed plane bomber curses North Korean leader
- Korean woman sentenced to death for bombing plane
- The Tears of My Soul by Hyŏn-hŭi Kim
- North Korean ex-spy Kim Hyon-hui casts doubt on Kim Jong Un’s Olympic motives