At JFK airport Friday, and forcibly confiscated a package in the groups possession. In a story appearing in the official North Korean news agency, the North Korean government claimed U.S. authorities had “literally mugged” members of its delegation at Kennedy Airport — characterizing the land of the free as a “felonious and lawless gangster state.”
The KCNA said, American officials “forcibly took away a diplomatic package from the delegation by an illegal and heinous act of provocation” on Friday, quoting the dictatorship’s foreign ministry spokesperson. According to the North, more than 20 officials — among them people claiming to work for the Department of Homeland Security — “made a violent assault like gangsters” on North Korean diplomats heading home from a UN conference on the rights of people with disabilities.
North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said the group of officials had been “on standby” at their boarding gate, leading them to believe the forcible confiscation had been “planned.” “As the diplomats vigorously resisted, they grabbed the diplomatic package using physical violence and made off.” The North added that the alleged incident is a “graphic account” illustrating the United States’ “reckless and despicable” policy toward our country.
The State Department and Department of Homeland Security refused to provide further information on North Korea’s allegations. However, spokesman for the Port Authority referred questions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which did not immediately return a request for comment.
Now, following the incident, North Korea is lobbying the international community to rethink whether New York is “fit to serve as the venue for international meetings.” Something that would make a lot of Americans happy. Not to mention how ecstatic we would be, if the U.N. Would pack its belongings and leave the U.S.A. Permanently.
Meanwhile, Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old convicted of stealing a propaganda poster remains in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” after suffering severe brain damage, doctors said Friday, adding they were still unsure of the cause. “I’m so proud of Otto, my son, who has been in a pariah regime for the last 18 months, brutalized and terrorized,” his father, Fred Warmbier, said in a news conference. “And he’s now home with his family.”
Earlier this month the communist government said it “fully rejects” the UN Security Council’s recent unanimous vote to expand sanctions over its missile tests and nuclear threats. Instead, vowing to continue building up its nuclear arsenal.