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Seoul, South Korea
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North Korean Defector and Activist
--LEAD IN --
North Korea is accused of ordering assassinations against defectors living in the South.
One recent attempt against an anti-Pyongyang activist was thwarted and the weapons confiscated.
South Korean investigation authorities gives CNN first and exclusive access to the weapons
and tells Paula Hancocks why these weapons are so deadly.
--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS --
AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT FOILED... A NORTH KOREAN SPY IS ARRESTED ON THE STREETS OF SEOUL.
THIS WAS A YEAR AGO...
AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SOUTH KOREAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS ARE SHOWCASING THE WEAPONS.. EXCLUSIVELY TO CNN.
"so how does this work"
"This poison needle was made to look like a Parker ball-point pen. There is a tube inside here in order to activate, we have to twist it towards the right three to four times and then press the top part like this"
"if you're shot by this pen what happens to you"
"It would cause muscle paralysis very quickly which would lead to suffocation and death"
THE SECOND PEN SHOOTS A POISON-FILLED BULLET WHICH PENETRATES THE SKIN... THE POWDERED POISON IS THEN RELEASED.
"these pens look like they belong in a James Bond movie - is this new technology, or quite old quite basic technology"
"These pen weapons are not new, North Korean spies have had this technology for about ten years. But this flashlight is new - I've never seen this weapon before
"if you look at the front, there are three holes, there was a bullet in each hole and here is the trigger. this is currently loaded and dangerous, two bullets remain."
FORENSICS EXPERT FIRED ONE BULLET TO TEST THE GUN DISGUISE AS A FLASHLIGHT... IT WAS ACCURATE AND DEADLY... AND ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY AS A WEAPON.
WHEN POLICE ARRESTED THE WOULD BE ASSASSIN HE WAS CARRYING ALL THREE WEAPONS..NONE HAVE BEEN FIRED.
THIS MAN WAS HIS TARGET
DEFECTOR AND ANTI-PYONGYANG ACTIVIST PARK SANG-HAK... RENOWNED IN SOUTH KOREA FOR SENDING ANTI-REGIME PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS ACROSS THE BORDER IN BALLOONS.
HE WAS DUE TO MEET THE WOULD-BE ASSASSIN WHO HAD CLAIMED HE WANTED TO FUND HIS ACTIVISM... SOUTH KOREAN INTELLIGENCE AGENTS STOPPED HIM AT THE LAST MINUTE.
"I didn't believe they'd try and kill me on the crowded streets of Seoul, I thought the National Intelligence Service was over-reacting"
WE SHOW PARK THE WEAPONS INTENDED TO KILL HIM - HE HADN'T SEEN THEM BEFORE IN SUCH DETAIL AND SEEMS SHOCKED.
"You'd notice a gun... but these weapons are so innocuous, you can easily kill someone, I'd be killed instantly"
PARK KNOWS HE IS AT THE TOP OF NORTH KOREA'S HIT LIST AND HAS ROUND THE CLOCK POLICE PROTECTION.
HAVING SEEN THE WEAPONS INTENDED TO KILL HIM, HE SAYS HE KNOWS THERE WILL BE MORE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS BUT HE WILL NOT STOP HIS ACTIVISM.
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN, SEOUL.
NORTH KOREA ASSASSINATION ANTI PYONGYANG ACTIVIST