Prisoner number 429: Kim Dong-chul's three-year detention in North Korea | NK News
June 14, 2024
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Prisoner number 429: Kim Dong-chul’s three-year detention in North Korea

Former detainee details how he went from businessman to spying for the U.S. and South Korea

“Number 429, you're destined to live a long life,” the South Korean-born American Kim Dong-chul was told by guards when he woke up on the ground in freezing water two days after being poisoned by briquette gas in a North Korean prison.

“If I had already died in North Korea, I would not have to remember," Kim, who was released last year, said in an interview with NK News in Seoul this month.

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