HOW NORTH KOREA OBTAINS TEACHERS BY KIDNAPPING—AN UPDATE. I posted here in 2007 about how “from 1977 to 1983, North Korea kidnapped Japanese citizens in Japan for the purpose of having them teach Japanese to North Korean spies. North Korea now admits to thirteen kidnapings; there may have been eighty.”
This seemed bizarre—the kind of thing that crazed fictional villains do. Now there are reports—such as this report by James Wilkinson in the Daily Mail—that David Sneddon, an American college student who disappeared in China in 2004 was in fact kidnapped by North Korea. And the purpose of the kidnapping was to have Sneddon teach English to Kim Jong Un.