What If North and South Korea Went to War? The Query Has No Answer, Because the Answer is Too Terrible to Consider.

The query presented in the first video below is rolled about, and facts are stated by the narrator for the record, but the query is never actually answered in the video clip. It cannot be answered. There are too many unthinkable, yet entirely plausible possible scenarios which could rapidly unfold in response to even the first two or three days of a war between North and South Korea. Millions upon millions of precious innocent souls could die during the first 24 hours of a war between North and South Korea.

The list of possible ‘unthinkables’ regarding North Korea are almost too numerous to even attempt to consider. The recent Clinton / Obama era foreign policy response tactic of “ignoring” North Korea has proven to be a complete failure, resulting in the morbidly obese growth of Kim Jong Un’s nearly psychotic hubris, until we have now come to the next unthinkable moment – the possibility that North Korea may have detonated a small hydrogen bomb underground on January 6th 2016. Ignoring the crazy little fat man is no longer working, and it was never the right way to handle the threat.

There are also too many other potential dire unintended exploding political chain reactions from hell which could also begin to cascade rapidly into the picture, once war broke out, which really cannot be answered adequately, as only God knows how those options might play out. Any war between North and South Korea would very quickly escalate into a most terrible yet proxy confrontation between China and the USA, an utterly awful and soul debilitating scenario, which has already played out once before in lesser form, during the Vietnam War era from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. We all know how that ended. It was an absolute fiasco for our country. 58,000 American men and women died for nothing, absolutely nothing, other than the foolish hubris of 3 consecutive American presidents who did not know how to finish what had been started, and feared losing face on the world stage more than they cared about those precious American lives. Not to mention the tens of thousands of innocent South Vietnamese who died in vain.

I see NO SCENARIO where North and South Korea go to war which would NOT escalate into US involvement on the South Korean side, since we are their committed allies. North Korean backer and prime ally China would be pulled into the conflict almost inevitably. With four nations now involved, possible escalations could array themselves in any number of scenarios. Iran is an ally of North Korea. So is Syria. Saudi Arabia is a sworn foe of Iran and Syria, but a close friend of Turkey. India hates Pakistan and Pakistan hates her back. Both are nuclear armed nations. ISIS psychosis sits squarely in the dark hole center of the Mideast, ready to be armed by black market nukes smuggled in from North Korea. Turkey secretly arms Syrian rebels and hates Russia. Russia is furious with Turkey and supports Assad and wants to rule the Mideast and own her oil. Turkey is in the way. EVERYONE wants the Mideast oil. China needs it badly. ISIS wants to invade Great Britain. They have already terrorized France. Mighty little David vs. Goliath Israel sits squarely in the middle of all this mess which is ready to ignite at any moment. We live in a hair-trigger world, often nearly deranged by the ongoing stress of it all.

And so it goes and so it goes. Funny. The video clip didn’t mention any of that. That’s because it’s a question that cannot be answered, and no amount of studying the pieces on the chessboard can solve the riddle. It’s a prepper’s nightmare for all of us, all over the world. Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly.

 

Tags: world war three scenarios, war north south korea, nuclear armed nations, global instability, US foreign policy failures, US allies, South Korea, North Korea, Asia, China, saber rattling Asia tensions rising, Mideast flashpoint ISIS Iran Syria

 

 

#BREAKING: North Korea Claims to Have Detonated a Hydrogen Bomb: 5.2 Artificial Earthquake Recorded

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1.6.2016

A hideous ‘Happy New Year’ from the lunatic regime in North Korea came late on the evening of 1.5.2016, as the fascist hermit kingdom made claims aired on state television of having detonated their first hydrogen bomb underground, causing serious alarm around the world. US officials were quick to cast dispersion upon the announcement, stating it was doubtful the detonation had actually taken place. Such comments make many US citizens wonder whether their own government now have their collective  heads placed so deep in the sand that they may as well be dead, since they behave as if the event did not happen.

Meanwhile, back in actuality, a 5.2 Richter Scale “artificial earthquake” has been detected in North Korea, as discussed by citizen journalist and high tech patriot weatherman DutchSinse in the first video below. Notwithstanding the far-reaching political and destabilizing implications of such a reckless act, the sheer worldwide environmental and health ramifications resulting from detonating such an enormous device might take years to fully understand.

It is my urgent hope that world leaders will cease their ineffective but typical tactic of “ignoring North Korea” as a containment policy and begin fully embracing the fact that the regime of Kim Jong Un represents a dire threat to world peace, much more so than ISIS ever will.

The list of possible ‘unthinkables’ regarding North Korea are almost too numerous to even attempt to consider. The recent Clinton / Obama era foreign policy response tactic of “ignoring” North Korea has proven to be a complete failure, resulting in the morbidly obese growth of Kim Jong Un’s nearly psychotic hubris, until we have now come to the next unthinkable moment – the possibility that North Korea may have detonated a small hydrogen bomb underground on January 6th 2016. Ignoring the crazy little fat man is no longer working, and it was never the right way to handle the threat.

In the world of “most heinous” possible scenarios, should North Korea decide to sell such arms to Iran or ISIS, the probability that WW3 will become a reality may coalesce a little bit more. Now is NOT the time to continue to “ignore North Korea.” I can only pray our world leaders fully grasp that fact.

The UN Security Council quickly condemned North Korea’s actions and called an emergency session to discuss the development, if the event did actually occur. People on the street in South Korea who were interviewed expressed grave concerns, understandably. A hydrogen bomb detonated in South Korea could potentially kill or maim millions. The US military also keeps a permanent security force of about 20 to 30,000 forces stationed in the region. I’ve been scrambling to aggregate reports on this event all morning. Here’s what I have thus far:

Tags: North Korea, Hydrogen bomb North Korea, hydrogen bomb test north korea january 2016

 

North Korea Prison Gulags: “They Beat You All Night Long”

I’m sick of having to post videos like this. But it’s all I know to do in response to what little the world knows about the miserable torture and abuse of North Korea’s people by their own government. These outrages call out for a solution, for justice, and for these people to be liberated from the living hell they are experiencing. How bad will it have to get before the world forms a coalition and does something to end the suffering of the North Korean people? We risk losing our own humanity by not taking action to put an end to the wickedness and sadism of the regime of the Kim family, the latest preposterous installment being that of Kim Jong Un. Please: for God’s sake – do something to end this hideous cruelty. Let’s find a way to bring this monstrous evil to an end.

Tags: North Korea, human rights abuses torture North Korea, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, torture camps North Korea, prison camps North Korea, Asia

 

Kim Jong Un Executes His Uncle and Former Mentor, Jang Song Thaek

In a sudden development that is one of the most public “purges” in North Korea since the 1950s, chilling international ‘North Korea watchers’, Kim Jong had his own uncle and former political tutor / mentor, Jang Song Thaek, arrested during a general meeting of North Korean leaders, taken away and executed by firing squad on December 12th 2013.

“Although high-ranking leaders, including members of the Kim family, have been deposed before, we haven’t seen anything this public or dramatic since Kim Jong-un’s grandfather Kim Il-sung purged his last major rivals in the late 1950s,” said Prof. Charles K. Armstrong, a North Korea expert at Columbia University and the author of “Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992.”

Charges were announced by top North Korean officials in the DRNK that Thaek had been planning a military coup against the Un regime, which is doubtful at best. A long laundry list of allegations were made by the DRNK against Thaek to justify his execution to the general populace, including the bizarre allegation that Thaek often “failed to applaud with enough enthusiasm” when in the presence of North Korean leadership.

The indications from this action are that Kim Jong Un intends to assume sole dictatorial and executive authority in North Korea with an absolute iron fist.  Instilling fear and terror into his remaining advisors and military leaders, some of which are blood relatives, had to also have been a motive in the sudden and especially cruel action by Un.

Thaek had been the second most powerful man in North Korea and mentored the youthful Un in his new role as dynastic heir and leader of the North Korean nation. The White House has condemned the brutal execution.

Cited: “The trial took place yesterday and the death sentence was carried out immediately, the official Korean Central News Agency reported today. Jang was arrested at a ruling party meeting last week on charges of factionalism and graft.

The blitzkrieg-style execution shows the North is determined to wipe out any potential source of dissidence,” Koh Yu Hwan, a professor of North Korean Studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, said by phone. “More purges are expected.”

Jang has now been airbrushed out of all existing photos and videos, another sign of old school “Josef Stalin style” hardline purges, indicating renewed brutality and the strict over-control of all historical record keeping and official documentation of the new regime of Un.

Cited from the NYT news website: “If Kim Jong-un was sure of his control of power, he would not have needed to execute his uncle,” said Lee Byong-chul, a senior fellow at the Institute for Peace and Cooperation in Seoul. “There will be big and small bloody purges, and at a time like this, desperate extremists may lash out. Pyongyang is no longer safe.”

See http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-12/kim-jong-un-only-wants-selfies.html

See also http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/12/21880254-a-very-worrisome-sign-north-korea-executes-uncle-of-leader-kim-jong-un

See also http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/12/13/an-intolerable-mockery-the-wild-eyed-worldview-of-north-korean-propaganda/

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Press Conference: Huntsville Alabama – Von Braun III Missile Defense Agency Building Evacuated

Noon April 30th 2013 Update

Click here to watch the press conference that was just recorded about the incident at Redstone Arsenal.

Updated story on WAFF news site is here.

WAFF-TV in Alabama is covering the story, and it appears as the lead story on their website.

Updated: Suspicious substance prompts evacuation at Redstone Arsenal building

Four days ago a similar incident took place in the same region when a UPS building was evacuated after a suspicious package was found.

Here’s some background information on the base where the latest incident took place earlier this morning – see below:

http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil/MOS/f?p=MI:CONTENT:0::::P4_INST_ID,P4_CONTENT_TITLE,P4_CONTENT_EKMT_ID,P4_CONTENT_DIRECTORY,P4_TAB:160,Installation%20Overview,30.90.30.30.30.0.0.0.0,,

Earlier on 04.30.2013 I reported:

Breaking report re-posted verbatim below as the story is breaking and changes quickly. The first version of this story was just removed and this new version was posted. The first version mentioned a white powdery substance which was found in the building. The second version of the story omitted any mention of the substance. I am still looking for more information at this time.

Our US Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville Alabama is the operating “nerve center” for US national security decisions which involve any sort of missile defense. It was from this locale that the decision to deploy a missile defense system on Guam was rendered in early April in response to North Korean provocations.  The evacuation of the Redstone building can only cause me to speculate [ and I know with so little information to work from I could be wrong ] whether or not a North Korean affiliated person or persons has made an attempt to harm the people working in that building as retaliation for our placing a missile defense system on Guam to deter a North Korean first strike attack.

Cited from an article on April 3rd:

“The Pentagon said today that it will deploy a THAAD missile system to Guam as a “precautionary move to strengthen the regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat.”

THAAD, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, is a product of Lockheed Martin, which has a sprawling Huntsville campus off Bradford Drive among its worldwide locations. As recently as last year, Lockheed Martin had about 190 employees in Huntsville working on the THAAD program.”

Which begs the next question:  Just how many North Korean spies are lurking in the shadows of the United States and what are their operating directives?

I am just a blogger who reads alot of news reports and asks alot of questions. That’s all.

See http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/04/us_sending_missile_defense_sys.html

See http://whnt.com/2013/04/30/building-evacuated-on-redstone-arsenal/

See http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/04/redstone_arsenals_von_braun_ii.html

Building evacuated on Redstone Arsenal

Cited:  “HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – According to officials, a building on Redstone Arsenal was evacuated Tuesday morning.  As of 11:30, employees were still out of Von Braun III.  Officials are investigating, but wouldn’t say why the building was evacuated.  A worker in the building said alarms sounded and everyone was told to leave the building. The announcement also stated it was not a drill. The worker said many people went home.”

Redstone Arsenal’s Von Braun III office building evacuated; cause still not clear (updated)

Open since October 2011, the Von Braun III office building on Redstone Arsenal houses the Army Missile Defense Agency and its contractors. (Eric Schultz | eschultz@al.com) 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – One of the largest office buildings on Redstone Arsenal has been evacuated.

According to an email from Col. Jeffrey Ogden, interim chief of staff of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the Von Braun III building is “closed and off limits until further notice.” Ogden’s e-mail, sent at 11:52 a.m., also says people should stay back at least 50 feet from any entrance to the building.

An Army spokeswoman said she is gathering more information on the evacuation and will be sending out a news release shortly.

Von Braun III is the largest building in the arsenal’s Von Braun Complex of offices. The six-story, 840,000-square-foot structure houses the Missile Defense Agency and its contractors.

Von Braun III is designed to be “the hub of missile defense for our nation,” Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, then-MDA director, said during ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the building in October 2011. “The largest concentration of missile defense engineers anywhere in the world is in this building.”

Updated at 12:25 p.m. with additional information about Von Braun III building, quotes from former MDA Director Patrick O’Reilly.

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NY Times Op-Ed: “Bomb North Korea Before It’s Too Late”

So it’s not just me, huh?

You know how serious it must be when the New York Times weighs in and implores our military to please do SOMETHING about North Korea. I actually thought this headline was a spoofed item, until I followed the link and saw the article posted on their “opinion” page. The article reads like a foreign policy directive. Hmmmm. We don’t really know what the White House and Pentagon are doing about North Korea from behind the scenes, but I would be much more comfortable getting the mood of US foreign policy from the horse’s mouth, rather than the NYT.

I’m sure my readers are sick to death of hearing me rail on and on about North Korea, but why hang the lovely canary in your coal mine if you are not going to check to see if it’s still singing once in a while?

Well, right now, I’m still singing. The signs are all awful, they are all as ominous as hell, I live on the “f%$#@king west coast” and of course I am livid about all of it. Writing about it brings a brief modicum of relief.  [ Send me a bag of good strong pot. That would REALLY help. ]

But don’t take my warning song seriously. Go on over to the New York Times and get a gander of the tune they are singing right now. I am officially wondering out loud whether this OP-ED is for real, or whether it is just carefully calculated “fear porn”?

In related news, on April 13th a peculiar news story appeared on the website http://superofficialnews.com. The report alleges that an American business man in South Korea had access to tourist telescopes from the rooftop of his hotel. He claimed to observe via telescope as US Stealth Bombers dropped thousands of leaflets all over Pyongyang, warning the people of the city to evacuate en masse to save themselves ahead of a missile strike which would destroy the entire city. A copy of the alleged leaflet appears below:

Leaflets warning North Korea of impending attack

Below is the English translation:

 

“ATTENTION NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE. EVACUATE PYONGYANG NOW!
Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, the city of Pyongyang and its surrounding military bases will be destroyed. Unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America’s humanitarian policies, the United States Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate Pyongyang and save your life.

Your military leaders have refused to quiet their threats of a nuclear war against South Korea. Kim Jung-Un has been warned multiple times to end his rhetoric of nonsense and pull back his military forces but refuses. The actions of this insane, immature, reckless, evil dictator will no longer be accepted by the U.S. and the rest of the world. This aggression will not stand, man.

The American people and the rest of the world truly feel for you innocent people who are being held against your will. Hopefully by destroying Kim Jung-Un and most of the military your country can start fresh. This attack will give your people the ability to rise up and claim your country as your own. You will no longer have to fear the prison camps and being tortured for speaking out against your ruthless leaders. You will never have to listen to the propaganda and lies that your government tells you on a daily basis. You will be free to own your own business and make your own money. You will be free to disrespect your leaders if you do not agree with them without fear of being tortured and your family imprisoned. You will no longer be shut off from the rest of the world. Unfortunately though, all of this is up to you. America and it’s allies will be sending NO ground forces to North Korea. The only attacks will be bombs dropped from overhead, just like this leaflet that has come into your possession. America is not fighting the North Korean people but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved your people. Hopefully after this is over, a new, better and free North Korea will emerge. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders. It is your country. This is your time to rise up and take what is yours. Every one in the world wishes you nothing but the best. EVACUATE PYONGYANG NOW!”

At this time the only information known is that the leaflets are just being released over Pyongyang. The Korean Broadcasting System is saying the amount of leaflets being dumped number in the millions.

I am assuming the above news story is an “Onion-worthy” satirical piece. It has several misspellings in it and the vernacular is riddled with common slang. One Example: “This will not stand, man.”

The story is assumed to be NOT real. But interesting nonetheless. See also:

Bomb North Korea, Before It’s Too Late

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See also Contrasting Views on North Korea Underscore Sensitivities and Lack of Evidence

See also US Stealth Bombers Drop Leaflets Over North Korea Warning of Attack

North Korea: Korean American Tourist Arrested, Tried for Taking Photos of Conditions, Sentenced to 15 Years Hard Labor

Updated on May 2nd 2013

The man who was arrested in North Korea in the story I reported on last week has been tried and sentenced to 15 years hard labor, in an update posted today by the BBC.

North Korea sentences US citizen to 15 years’ hard labour

Earlier this week I had written:

“North Korea Charges American With Plotting to Topple It’s Government”

Earlier this week I had reported …

The Ultimate Cautionary Tale from North Korea:  Korean-American  Arrested for Taking Photos & Video of Actual Conditions in North Korea,  Now Faces Possible Death Penalty

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A photograph of the austere courtroom in North Korea where Bae will be tried. There is a possible death penalty associated with his alleged crimes. Many western writers feel Bae is, of course, being used as a pawn in the deadly game which North Korea is playing, attempting once again to extort food aid from the West by creating high drama trumped up “incidents” such as Bae’s arrest last November.

I’m not sure why this news story has languished in the shadows since last November, [ cough… more blacklisted news ]  but apparently a Korean-American tourist, 44 year old Kenneth Bae, who took photos of homeless children and gathered video evidence of public executions in Pyongyang was arrested last November by North Korean authorities and has been in a North Korean prison since then. Bae is soon to be tried for his alleged “crimes” against North Korea and the story is finally leaking out. I found the report today on Reuters. Bae’s crime was taking photos and video recordings of the actual conditions existent in North Korea, in other words, he dared to record and make a visual record of actuality in the starving oppressed nation.

Accused: American tour guide Kenneth Bae faces the death penalty in North Korea for allegedly photographing starving orphans

Kenneth Bae

“Friends and colleagues described Bae as a devout Christian from Washington state but based in the Chinese border city of Dalian who traveled frequently to North Korea to feed the country’s orphans.”

Why did this story take nearly 5 months to appear in the American news media?

Apparently I am one of the few Americans [ and a citizen reporter ] whose senses have not been so dulled by our daily deluge of meaningless American TV programming and all-consuming distractions, that I still give a damn about a nation of 24 million people whose suffering is so great it is almost impossible to fathom. So I do something which many would consider foolish, even futile.

I report on North Korea in the hope, partially, that I might inspire other American news bloggers to do the same [ we are still a small outpost at this time ] and that I might eventually shame the Big Media networks into reporting this awful awful ongoing and heinous story to the American people, raising enough of an outcry and a clamor for justice that something might shift in the Southeast Asian landscape, which is now littered with more than 3 million dead North Koreans and more dying daily.

Here’s the Reuters report I found on 04.27.2013:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/27/us-korea-north-bae-idUSBRE93Q01H20130427?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=71&google_editors_picks=true

Other recent reports I have written on North Korea are here.

See also Pyongyang glitters but most of North Korea still dark

Children and Families Forced to Watch Hundreds of Public Executions in North Korea

There is not enough news being broadcast about North Korea in the United States which informs the American people of the truth about the horrific conditions which are taking place in that nation. The horrors of Hitler only went on for a few years. This nightmare of abject human suffering, starvation and death has gone on for decades and the entire world MUST address this situation. This cannot be allowed to continue for another decade while the world turns a blind eye. I found this report today on a UK news website. I want others to know about this. I know this is not a pleasant topic but the magnitude of the human suffering which is going on in North Korea calls out for help from every citizen reporter who has a pulse and gives a damn about human life.

Here is the re-post:

North Korea barbaric regime revealed: ‘My children had to watch hundreds of executions in the street’

13 Apr 2013 00:00

A nurse who defected from leader Kim Jong-un’s regime just three months ago speaks to our reporter. She kneels in prayer below.

Pray: Choi Eun-Ok is scarred by her experiences
Pray: Choi Eun-Ok is scarred by her experiences

The sickening routine was heralded by the loud horns of North Korean Army trucks, followed by the hammering of fists and boots on nearby neighbours’ doors.

Pistol-wielding security thugs would line up villagers, insisting their children stood still and waited for the most obscene street show on Earth.

They would then watch in horror as a soldier dragged out a weeping suspect, who would then be shot in the back of the head at point-blank range.

Choi Eun-Ok, a nurse who defected to the South from leader Kim Jong-un’s regime just three months ago, recalls the horror with a blank expression.

Our translator can barely hear her as she is so used to whispering through fear of eavesdropping spies misinterpreting her conversations.

She says: “I saw hundreds of executions between 1998 and 2005, perhaps as many as three in one week and all of them in the street in front of me and my family.

“This period was when we saw the most regular executions, between 1998 and 2005, when it became really bad.

“Everyone in the village – children and adults – were forced to watch.”

National meeting to celebrate the first anniversaries of Kim Jong Un's election
Dogma: Kim Jong Un’s followers

Mrs Choi, 54, fires us a stern look that emphasises the importance of what she is about to say and continues: “Both of my ­children saw the executions because the soldiers insisted.

“They want to convince everyone at a very early age that they have to obey and they have to witness what will happen if they do not obey.

“I had no choice – each time they came to our home and ordered us all to bring out our children to watch people getting executed.”

What she then tells us exposes the level of cruelty the security forces will descend to as they create a climate of fear.

She says: “The soldiers would shoot the people whilst the victims were wearing thick clothes to keep out the cold.

“At least this meant we would not have to see too much blood.

“But after 1998 they wanted to make the killings more horrifying for us and scare us into not disobeying the system so they forced victims to come out in thinner clothing.

“We could see so much blood. It made us much more fearful.”

North Korean children hold up red scarves to be tied around their necks during an induction ceremony into the Korean Children's Union
Brainwashed: Kids indoctrinated

It is a measure of how the barbaric system made civilians grateful for small mercies when she holds her head in her hands and says quietly: “It seems awful but somehow killing people in thick clothes seemed less cruel. When they started shooting people in thin clothes sometimes my children would not be able to eat for days they were so disturbed by the executions.

“It was terrible. In recent years there has hardly been any food anyway.”

Slightly-built Mrs Choi is sitting in the home of Pastor Kim Seung-Eun, 48, whose church The Caleb Mission has helped more than 1,000 defectors and refugees escape the hell of North Korea.

Now she lives in a bustling South Korean town outside the capital Seoul but even now she has not escaped the immense cruelty of the place she fled.

She had spent most of her adult life with her husband and latterly their two children, a boy and a girl in the poor town of Gyung Seong, north east of Pyongyang, close to the Chinese border.

Some years ago her son died in a fishing accident, she tells me.

North Korean children hold up red scarves to be tied around their necks during an induction ceremony into the Korean Children's Union
Devoted: North Korean children in a parada in North Korea. Many of the them look terrified and resigned.

But she fled North Korea to find her daughter, who recently crossed the border to China.

Sadly she learned her daughter had fallen into the hands of Chinese ­gangsters who sold her on. She has heard nothing about her since.

Many shady human-trafficking gangs have emerged on the North Korea-China border who sell young girls into prostitution.

To search for her daughter, Mrs Choi slipped into China past border guards who were bribed. But she could find no trace of the girl after several weeks.

Finally Pastor Kim Seung-Eun, a South Korean campaigner who has smuggled more than 1,000 people out of the North, helped to bring Mrs Choi to Seoul.

There he helped her settle while he and his contacts investigate the girl’s whereabouts, which are still a mystery.

Pastor Kim Seung Un South Korean who rescues people from the North
Rescue: Pastor Kim Seung Un helps refugees

When asked about her husband, Mrs Choi shakes her head, stares at the floor and says: “He is still there.”

She weeps as she tells me: “Now I know I have escaped that place and I feel I am safe here but where are my family?

“My husband and my daughter – I have nothing. I have nothing.”

In order to protect family members still stuck in North Korea, we have agreed not to publish details of her husband and have changed her name.

Most of the 25,000 North Koreans who have fled to the South since the 1953 armistice still fear the regime’s ruthless network of spies operating in the region are trying to track them down.

Defectors hope that if it is not known they are in South Korea then they will be labelled “missing presumed dead” and remaining relatives will be left alone.

A North Korean soldier stands on the bank of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju
Brutal: A North Korean soldier stands guard

During her life in the North, Mrs Choi has seen many of her friends and ­neighbours disappear over the years.

She says: “You never knew when you were talking to a friend or simply someone you knew, who was a spy. There were spies everywhere.

“You talk to a family member one day and that person could be working for the security people and tell them what you said.

“If it was thought harmful to the country or you said anything about Kim Jong-il when he was alive or Kim Jong-un now you’d disappear.

“Sometimes we saw ­security people come for th­em and they would be taken off to prison.

“One year the father of a family we knew was taken to one of the two prisons in our area and nobody knew why.

“A year later the security men came and their entire home was emptied of furniture, belongings and clothes.

“And then the rest of the family, wife and children were taken away. We never saw them again.”

15 people saved by Pastor Kim Seung-Un
Safe: 15 people helped by Pastor Kim Seung-Un
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The two main prison camps in the area are Camp 21 and 22, the latter of which is a notorious gulag where many inmates have been killed or die of ill-treatment.

Mrs Choi confirmed she had heard of both jails and they were in the area where she once lived.

It is feared that as many as 400,000 prisoners in North Korea have died in labour camps in the past 30 years and many were killed by biological or chemical experimentation.

Even now Mrs Choi is thin and looks underfed but when she fled North Korea she weighed just six stones. Now she has put on a stone.

Occasionally sobbing, she says: “Every day was a struggle to get food. As a family we were able to live on one meal a-day but it was never enough for us.

“I gained weight when I moved to the South and thankfully I feel reasonably healthy physically.

“But I think of my family. I have my freedom but I don’t really have it as I cannot be free until I know what happened to them.

“I think of them all of the time.”

Our North Korea video shocks the world

Our harrowing video revealing the grim reality of life in North Korea was picked up by broadcasters around the world yesterday.

Over half a million people viewed the exclusive footage on our website exposing the truth that rogue leader Kim Jong-un wants to hide from the outside world.

Our front page story uncovering the appalling existence inflicted on his people was picked up by Daybreak on ITV and was the lead story on Sky News – as well as featuring on ITN, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, ABC news in the US and other stations from Denmark to Japan.

Several major newspapers in France and Germany followed up our story which had six million page views on mirror.co.uk.

The chilling video shows a child of around 10 dying of starvation in a gutter while soldiers close by load enough rice on to trucks to feed families for weeks.

As the boy slumps on the grimy curb in his filthy, over-sized army jacket, locals stroll by without a glance.