North Korea: US officials seized diplomatic package at JFK

North Korea accuses US authorities of mugging diplomats at NYC airport

North Korea accuses US authorities of mugging diplomats at NYC airport

North Korea has demanded the United States provide official explanations over an incident at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on June 16 when a diplomatic package was seized from a North Korean delegation.

"Diplomats of a sovereign state are being robbed of a diplomatic package in the middle of NY where the headquarters of the United Nations is located and that serves as the venue for global meetings including the United Nations General Assembly", the state-run KCNA news agency quoted a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying on Sunday.

The North Korean delegation was in NY to attend the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the KCNA report said.

North Korea's state news agency KCNA said the incident proved the U.S. was a "lawless gangster state".

The spokesman also branded the action as "a planned and organized provocation" and "an intolerable act of infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK", warning that the United States should "be fully aware of the grave consequences to follow". The spokesperson even made a push to get the United Nations to consider moving its headquarters from NY, saying, "The worldwide community needs to seriously reconsider whether or not NY, where such an outrageous mugging is rampant, is fit to serve as the venue for global meetings".

The accusation comes in the wake of Otto Warmbier, a USA citizen, being freed from North Korea after being held captive for over a year.

Does North Korea have a sense of humor after all?

There was no official US comment on the claims, the News reported.

Warmbier - who was sentenced to 15 years at hard labor for allegedly stealing a political poster from a restricted floor of a North Korean hotel - was sent home to OH with severe brain damage, which North Korea blamed on his contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill following his trial in March 2016.

The White House - which considers "solving" the North Korea crisis a priority - has yet to comment.

But US Rep. Pete King (R-LI) dismissed North Korea's claims.

City Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) said of the North Koreans: "Given their explanation of Warmbier's condition, I wouldn't rush to judgment".

Recommended News

  • Protests over Minnesota police shooting result in 18 arrests on freeway

    Yanez fired seven bullets into Castile's vehicle shortly after the 32-year-old black man disclosed that he was carrying a firearm. Another demonstrator said, "This was a case where we thought we would really get some justice, and it turns out we can't".
    Lead found in 20% of baby food samples

    Lead found in 20% of baby food samples

    But a report published Thursday by the Environmental Defense Fund raises questions about another, surprising possibility: food. Parents of young children are encouraged to consult with their child's pediatrician to learn how they can reduce lead exposure.

    Erendira Wallenda plans helicopter stunt over Niagara Falls

    After dangling for approximately 15 seconds, Erendira said she "felt good" and chose to do it again for another 10 seconds. Erendira Wallenda is scheduled to discuss her plans with reporters Wednesday morning on the American side of the Falls.
  • Jobless rate rises in Pennsylvania for second straight month

    Jobless rate rises in Pennsylvania for second straight month

    The rate represents the percentage of the population that is either employed or jobless, but actively seeking work. The largest drop in jobs occurred in the construction field, which shed 4,300 positions.
    For Georgia escapees, end of road is a driveway in Tennessee

    For Georgia escapees, end of road is a driveway in Tennessee

    (AP) - The escaped inmates wanted in the slayings of two Georgia prison guards have been captured in Rutherford County. Their weapons were recovered at the crash site and no one was injured in the chase, according to the news station.

    Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

    A growing number of conservatives, including Sens. "Whether I condition my vote on it is not something I'm prepared to say". The House version of the AHCA, which narrowly passed by a vote of 217-213, withdrew federal funds from Planned Parenthood.
  • After 20 Years, Atari Is Making A New Games Console

    After 20 Years, Atari Is Making A New Games Console

    Atari has had a hard past at times, with the company filing for bankruptcy protection in 2013. Atari may be resurrecting the classic home console that ushered in a golden age of gaming.
    Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts

    Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts

    What was Comey referring to last week about Sessions? Here's what you need to know about Sessions before he testifies. Sessions will face questions about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign.
    Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

    Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

    During a congressional hearing, Comey signaled that there were some yet unknown by the public reasons behind Sessions's recusal. Comey also has said Sessions did not respond when he complained he didn't "want to get time alone with the president again".
  • Rosenstein Says He Won't Fire Special Counsel Unless There's Good Cause

    Rosenstein Says He Won't Fire Special Counsel Unless There's Good Cause

    If President Donald Trump decides to terminate special counsel Robert Mueller , then it's going to get very ugly very quickly. Collins' question wasn't the only time the Mueller investigation came up during Rosenstein's hearing on Capitol Hill.
    Dennis Rodman Says He's On 'Mission' To North Korea

    Dennis Rodman Says He's On 'Mission' To North Korea

    We're all so glad to hear that Otto Warmbier is coming home &will soon be reunited with his family in OH. Warmbier was detained in January of 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang while he was on his way home.
    Justices strike down gender differences in citizenship law

    Justices strike down gender differences in citizenship law

    A federal appeals court struck down the law and said the one-year period must apply to both unwed fathers and mothers. Ginsburg said it's up to Congress to decide whether to extend the shorter residency requirement to unwed fathers.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.