Recently, this company acquired Kim Jong-Il’s ‘handwritten letter’ emphasizing about taking good care of the scientists of the former Soviet Union. From this, it is being predicted whether or not Former Soviet Union’s scientists will join the research on nuclear weapons that is in progress in North Korea.
Not long ago, this paper acquired original handwritten instructions that Kim Jong-Il conveyed to the Second Natural Science Academy’s Security Department under the National Security Department before his death by a close anonymous top executive through North Korea’s source.
In the handwritten letter that was enclosed as ‘top-secret document’, as Kim Jong-Il mentions “about solving problems raised by the National Defense Academy of Sciences at the right time”, he emphasizes that “relevant departments must guarantee the materials and facilities that the researchers demand so that they do not experience any inconvenience.”
The Second Natural Science Academy of the National Defense Academy of Sciences(Origin) that was pointed out in the letter is currently located at Pyongyang Ryongseong area. On June, 1964, it was founded as the National Defense Academy of Sciences under the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces(then Ministry of National Defense). In the beginning of the 1970s, as it was transferred under the second Economic Commission(economy in military supplies), it was renamed The Second Natural Science Academy and by Kim Jong-Il’s command, it is called The Second Natural Science Academy of the National Defense Academy of Sciences under Joseon Labor Party’s Department of War Industry.
Kim Jong-Il also mentioned in the letter “former Soviet Union’s scientists working at the laboratory should be well taken care of” that he confirmed that scientists of the Soviet Union are participating in North Korea’s current missile research.
According to what is known, nuclear scientists of the Soviet Union started to naturalize·emigrate to North Korea with their family around 1991 and lived in fine mansions at the back side of Ryukyung Hotel in Pyongyang(scientists from Pakistan·Iran also lived together) provided by North Korean authorities. It has been confirmed that as these scientists received a monthly pay of 3000 dollars, Pakistani scientists taught nuclear-related technology and former Soviet Union scientists taught atomic bomb manufacturing technology.(Source: Testimony of Park Gun-Gil who worked at the former Central Party’s room 35, site of North Korean espionage operations in the South before entering South Korea in 1999)
Not only the Second Natural Science Academy, but North Korea also secretly established and operated the National Defense University’s laboratory of nuclear strategy·‘No.35 laboratory’ which is affiliated with the Directorate of Atomic Energy·nuclear technology laboratory within ‘No.11 laboratory’. A correspondent reported that it is predicted that part of the nuclear scientists of the former Soviet Union(the number of them are unknown) are occupied among these.(Source: Former head of No.38 laboratory, Kim Kwangbin. Defected North Korea in 2004)
However, the fact that these scientists of the former Soviet Union naturalized as a North Korean is interconnected with the Cold War period when the former Soviet Union’s socialism collapsed. Therefore, it is considered to be unrelated with the current Russian government. Recently, along with China, the current Russian government is stating its official stance on North Korea’s nuclear test through statements that strongly criticize it.
Meanwhile, according this paper’s high-level source, even recently, the unofficial visits to North Korea by part of Russian scholars are not completely eradicated and are being continued. However, it is being confirmed that this is mostly the result of one’s own will rather than that of the Russian government. It is said that most of these scholars of Russia-related organizations are receiving an average of ten thousand dollars per counsel at North Korea’s nuclear-related research organization.
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