North Korea called the hacking of the embassy in Madrid last month a “serious terrorist attack.”
In its first official comment, the North Korean government called for an investigation and said it was closely following rumors that the FBI had played a role.
On March 27, the Chealima Civil Defense Group (CDC), which seeks to oust North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said it had conducted a raid.
The group confiscated computers and data and said it had given evidence to the FBI.
At least two international arrest warrants have been issued for the main suspects.
Spanish authorities say one suspect, named Adrian Hong Chang, was granted access by asking to contact a commercial attache, whom he said he had met earlier to discuss business issues. His accomplices invaded as soon as he found himself inside.
The CDC is accused of questioning the attache and trying to persuade him to run over. When he refused, he was left tied up in the basement.
Two other members of the group that invaded were named U.S. citizen Sam Ryu and South Korean Wu Ran Lee.
Embassy staff were held hostage for several hours. One woman managed to escape, breaking out of the window and shouting for help. Concerned neighbors quickly called police.
Upon the arrival of the officers, they were met by Adrian Hong Chang, who introduced himself as a North Korean diplomat in a jacket with a badge on the back of Kim Jong Un.
He told police that everything was fine and nothing happened.
Later, most of the group fled the embassy in three North Korean diplomatic vehicles. Adrian Hong Chang and some others drove later through the back porch in another car.
They split into four groups and headed to Portugal. Adrian Hong Chang, a Mexican citizen living in the United States, allegedly contacted the FBI to report his version of events five days later.
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The CDC, also known as Free Joseon, is seeking the overthrow of the ruling Kim dynasty in North Korea.
A video posted on the group’s website and on a YouTube page suggests that one of the attackers smashed portraits of North Korean leaders at the Madrid embassy.
Cheolima’s civil defense first became known after it took credit for the fact that Kim Jong Un’s nephew, Kim Han Sol, was safely removed from Macau after the murder of his father.
Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader’s half-brother, was killed at Malaysia airport in 2017.
Kim Han Sol expressed a desire to return to North Korea and called his uncle a “dictator.”
Sources close to the investigation reportedly told the Spanish newspaper Country that the operation was planned perfectly, as if by a “military cell.”
According to Country and Secret, the attackers seemed to know what they were looking for. Spanish authorities suspect that US intelligence services and their allies may have been involved in the attack.
Country it is even reported that two of the group have references to the CIA.
The United States denies involvement in the raid.
The attackers reportedly were able to search for information about former North Korean ambassador to Madrid Kim Hyuk Chola, who was deported from Spain in September 2017 under North Korea’s nuclear test program.