Somehow, behind the development of the crisis around North Korea, everyone forgot about the recent elimination of Kim Jong Nam, the brother of the current leader of the DPRK. Until recently, the media all as one affirmed that the personnel of the DPRK special services had put their hand to the elimination of such a symbolic figure. Now the buzz in MSM has calmed down, but sure the confirmation of this fact could explain something in today's events around North Korea. I will not engage in speculation as well, and will tell you that I know about the most secret special service of the DPRK, which under certain circumstances could stand behind this liquidation.
Kim Jong Nam's Murder
Let me remind you for those of our readers who did not follow the recent events. On February 13, 2017 in Malaysia, it an almost detective story occurred at Kuala Lumpur International Airport: under mysterious circumstances, Kim Jong-Nam was killed, the brother of comrade Kim Jong-un, the current leader of North Korea. On suspicion of committing this crime, a woman, her name is Doan Thi Huong, a citizen of Myanmar (according to other sources - Viet Nam) was detained. The public was not told what role she really played in these events. After the autopsy of Kim Jong-Nam's body, the forensic doctors also failed to shed light on the reasons for his death.
Kim Jong-Nam was born on May 10, 1971. He was the son of Kim Jong-il from his first civic wife, actress Son He-Rome. Due to the nature of her origin, he never claimed to be the heir. In 2001, Kim Jong-Nam attracted the attention of the world's media due to the fact that the border services of Japan detained him at the entrance to the country with a fake passport of a citizen of the Dominican Republic. It is believed that after that he fell into a long-term disgrace and permanently lived outside the DPRK - mainly in China and Singapore, but preferred Macau, as a city famous for his gambling establishments. The brother of the leader of the DPRK had a reputation as a playboy, tried to avoid communication with journalists and refrained from talking about political topics.
Till now, the authorities of the Republic of Korea, including the National Intelligence Service, have not confirmed the credibility of the North Korean track in the killing of Kim Jong-Nam, although in any case, the protection of defectors has been strengthened. The United States also does not express a firm conviction that Kim Jong-Nama was killed by North Korean agents. However, official statements on this matter have not yet been voiced by anyone at all. Acting President of the Republic of Korea, Hwang Gyo An, was informed of the incident, and then said that if it turns out that the murder was committed on the initiative of the North Korean authorities, this will be yet another proof of the severity of the regime of our northern neighbor. There are a lot of conjectures in the media - who killed, how he was killed, who gave the order, but all that info has no much filler.
In the absence of official statements, let us plunge into the history of liquidations and other special events conducted by the special services of the DPRK and of the Republic of Korea in order to be able to analyze these probabilities on our own.
How a secret war started
On March 1, 1946, during a rally in Pyongyang, a Soviet officer, Yakov Novichenko, caught and covered by his body a grenade thrown by a South Korean agent to the leader of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung. I honestly have a suspicion, my beloved compatriots, that even many officers of the Russian special services do not know about it. But this very moment has pushed the beginning of the most severe confrontation between the special services of the North and South of Korea!
On March 1, 1946, during a rally in Pyongyang, a Soviet officer, Yakov Novichenko, caught and covered by his body a grenade thrown by a South Korean agent to the leader of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung.
The Media is full of information that the evil North Koreans every day and night just think about how to arrange some muck to South Korea. But let's clarify the issue - the first who to carry out special operations to eliminate the leadership of the opponent country were the special services of South Korea, trained by the staff of the American CIA. And only in response to this, North Korea began to creat its own special services in order to counteract the South.
The first to carry out operations to eliminate the leadership of the DPRK, were the special services of South Korea, trained by the staff of the American CIA.
Since then, a full-scale secret war has begun. Both sides raided each other's territory, using various methods - from landing subversive groups from submarines to very exotic ones - penetrating underground tunnels through the demilitarized zone. By the way, very few people know, but the conditional border between states is dug by the tunnels as Swiss cheese, more than the land in the Gaza Strip is.
The parties have reached the point where they literally compete whose flagpole with the fluttering state flag is higher! Seriously, this is exactly so! Or who will throw more balloons with propaganda leaflets across the border. Of course, all of this would be funny if it was not so sad...
Office of the "Room 35"
Today I am going to tell my readers about one more Secret Service of the DPRK under the rather strange name "Room 35" - this is the so-called party intelligence subordinate to the Central Committee of the Korean Workers' Party, or more precisely to the leader of the DPRK, Comrade Kim Jong-no.
The unit was created in 1949 as the "Department of Communication" in the Ministry of Public Security with the aim of ensuring the activities of party and partisan groups operating in South Korea. But do not be confused by the name "Department of Communication". So far, in Korea, the operatives of the "Room 35" are calling the executives of the most important actions, including the elimination of the enemies of the DPRK, and from the very beginning the department was assigned tasks far from drawing telephone wires along the corridors of the Ministry.
The department was renamed many times ("Bureau of the Room 35", "Bureau of the Cabinet of General Intelligence", etc.), until its present name appeared - Office of the "Room 35" (in Korean: "35 ho sil" ). Despite the fact that this is the smallest special service of North Korea, it is certainly the most influential one.
Despite the fact that the Office of the "Room 35" is the smallest special service of North Korea, it is certainly the most influential one.
Office of the "Room 35" is engaged not only with South Korea, the main enemy of the DPRK. Presumably, the Office also consists of sectors and departments of Japan, the United States, the countries of the former USSR, South-East Asia, general, technical (also operational) and international. There are disagreements over the list of sectors and divisions, but according to available information, Russia is in charge of the International Department, which deals with those countries that are not within the competence of specialized departments. And this along with Russia - Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and China.
The key focus of the Room 35 is addressed to the countries in which there are large Korean diasporas or who are of interest from the military-political point of view. By the way, there are powerful residences of both the DPRK and the Republic of Koreain in Uzbekistan, and the CIS sector of the Office is actively working on this Central Asian country.
There is another very delicate moment connected with this special service. It is responsible for economic activities related to the provision of special events.
The whole point is that in order to earn hard currency, the intelligence service does not disdain smuggling of antiques, weapons (very popular "goods") and drugs. In addition, there is information on the participation of the special services in counterfeiting currency - American 100 dollar bills, although it is assumed that economic operations in the interests of the Party are mainly in the competence of another unit, the so-called "Room 39".
Currency transactions are the most vulnerable of those that conducts the unit, because to sell counterfeit dollars, you have to act through the mafia organizations like Yakuza, Chinese Triads, as well as the South Korean mafia. By the way, the influence of the Chinese Triads in Japan is very great, no matture as strange it may sound.
How I was looking for the "Room 35"
When it was required to find out the fact of participation of the DPRK special service in currency transactions, I held a special event with the purpose of obtaining information of interest (I really did not want to believe that the Koreans are haggling this garbage). And so, on one of my visits to Japan, I asked to organize a meeting with a former leader ("Oyabun" in Japanese) of one of the Yakuza mafia clans. His name was Hanari Senkishi.
I prepared thoroughly for the meeting. I disclose to you, friends, the secrets of operational activities - I learned about his hobbies, the details of life, the nature of the character, the fact that he is very interested in Chinese art, and so on. Yes, I also put on jeans and a colorful shirt with short sleeves to match the traditional Yakuza style, I grabbed a bottle of Beluga vodka and a can of caviar as a gift and went to the town of Tsukuba in the morning, 80 kilometers from Tokyo.
The house where the former Yakuza lived, and where we arrived together with my Japanese acquaintance who organized this meeting, looked like a small castle. We were met by an assistant bodyguard and led to his master. I prepared not in vain - my gifts produced a favorable impression (I spent my entire travel budget on them, damn it). My knowledge in the history of art of China was not superfluous either.
The host conducted a tour with me around the house, showed his remarkable collection of antiques, after that we dined. I was introduced to him as a person who writes a book on the Yakuza theme. Of course, he asked where I got such an interest in the secret communities of Japan and China. I replied that in 1989, at the beginning of summer, fate brought me to Vladivostok, where I happened to attend one of the first meetings, then the Soviet leaders of criminal groups met representatives of the Yakuza from Japan.
The most interesting thing was that meeting in 1989 was held in the yacht club of the Pacific Fleet of the USSR in the embankment of the Amur Bay, and it was filmed by their Japanese TV. There I first saw the real Yakuza and, most importantly, since then I was fascinated by the study of their tattoos!
I told him the truth. By the way, I also tell in all my articles only true stories. That story impressed my interlocutor, and we had a long conversation, during which he explained about his work with smugglers from North Korea, that just interested me.
From his words, it was good to work with them, they never bargained, did not discuss anything, always acted strictly according to the arrangements - received money for the goods and disappeared. But most importantly, according to my interlocutor, they were very dangerous. As the old yakuza said: "It was a pleasure to work with them, but we were afraid of them like they were devils!"
Yakuza about the operatives of the "Room 35": "It was a pleasure to work with them, but we were afraid of them like they were devils!"
Instead of an epilogue
Here was a story that links me to the "Room 35". But my research is not limited to this. There is much information in the media that the Office of the "Room 35" is responsible for many high-profile external political operations, such as the elimination of defectors (for example, the killing of a relative of Kim Il Sung who fled to Seoul), kidnappings (I talked about this In the previous articles), work with an illegal residence, conduct of sabotage actions (such as the explosion of a South Korean Boeing following in Burma in 1987), search and seizure of military and political information, and, of course, establishment of cooperation with the security services of the allied countries.
To conduct its operations, the Office of the "Room 35" uses the resource of other North Korean special services, has its own training center, in which all "comrades Kims" trained, as well as the children of other high-ranking leaders of the DPRK.
The training center and the Office of the "Room 35" are located in a complex of buildings near the Moranbong park in Pyongyang. Well, not exactly in Pyongyang, but beound the bridge, across the river at the western side of the city. There is something like a circular road over there, but you will not be allowed to pass through it without a pass and an escort. The policeman will stop you, and then, from now on, two comrades in civilian will appear. - One will check the papers, and the other will pretend that he is carefully walking around...
By the way, there is a wonderful park around there: waterfalls, fountains - very beautiful. You can ride a boat. Of course, not an ultra-fast high-speed sabotage boat, but a simple rowing boat, enjoying the silence, breathing very clean and transparent air...
Well, something I dreamed of. I love Korea! On this blessed note I finish talking about the Office of the "Room 35" - the most secret of all the special services of the DPRK.
Rainer Hausser (Kurt Mayer)
April 16, 2017