October 20, 2021

North Korea’s Man in Amsterdam: Who is James Kim?

Inside the peculiar world of North Korean operations abroad

In one corner, the Netherlands: a country where the “safeguarding of fundamental human rights and freedoms” is codified in the nation’s charter. In the other, North Korea: a plein-air prison, ruled for three generations by a despotic family diametrically opposed to virtually everything the Netherlands stands for.

So, what’s a restaurant backed by the North Korean regime doing in the middle of Amsterdam?