Defector May Reveal Human Experiments in North Korea
Scientist reportedly fled to Finland
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2015 7:30 AM CDT
A man watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, at the Seoul Railway Station.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – A North Korean scientist has defected to Finland, and he may have evidence that his native country has been conducting ghastly experiments on humans involving chemical weapons, reports the South's Yonhap News Agency. The scientist is identified only as a 47-year-old named Lee who worked at a facility in Ganggye near the Chinese border. He reportedly managed to escape via the Philippines last month, carrying with him a storage drive loaded with information on the North's human experiments. He is expected to testify before the European parliament this month. "His ostensible reason for defection is that he felt skeptical about his research," says Yonhap's source.

“We have been told similar stories in the past that human experiments are carried out in prison camps,” says the director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, per the Independent. In fact, a North Korean officer who defected in the 1990s recounted biological and chemical warfare tests on victims including mentally and physically disabled children, reports the Telegraph. "We watched the instructors carrying out the tests on humans to show us how a person dies," he said in an interview last year. "I saw it with my own eyes." No actual evidence of such tests has emerged, but this latest defection could change that. (Elsewhere in North Korea, addicts have been climbing mountains to get high.)
 

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