By Meleasie Goviro – EMTV International
Kim Dong Chul, a Korean-American man detained in North Korea, has confessed to stealing military secrets and plotting with South Koreans.
Kim who has said before that he was a naturalised American citizen and was arrested in North Korea in October, was deeply apologetic for his crimes.
According to North Korea’s state news agency, KCNA, Kim admitted to having made contacts with South Koreans to pass secret information contained in USB memory sticks and images on data storage cards that could damage the North.
“I have been arrested on the spot of handing over a USB memory stick and documen’s containing the republic’s nuclear data and secrets.”
Kim revealed that he was paid for doing it and apologised for trying to steal military and state secrets in collusion with South Koreans.
Video provided by KCNA, showed a clearly emotional Kim as he broke down in tears before the court.
“Even if I suffered any kind of legal punishment, there are no words I can say. I admit my guilt. And again, I’m sorry.”
Kim, state media said, described his crime as defaming and insulting to the republic’s highest dignity and its system.
He added that it was aimed at overthrowing the North Korean regime.
Meanwhile, North Korea is at the brink of further international isolation after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions following its fourth nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch in February.