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North Korea's Use of Chemical Torture Alleged

A scientist who defected says he saw toxic substances being tested on political prisoners. Rights groups call his story credible. A senior North Korean chemist who defected to the South two years ago says he witnessed the government testing chemical weapons on political prisoners. Although the chemist’s information is dated — he says he saw one experiment personally in 1979 and heard about others until the mid-1990s — his statements mark the first time a high-level scientist from North Korea has spoken out about human experimentation. Similar allegations have been made before. Last month, papers said to have been smuggled out of North Korea appeared to show that prisoners were sent to a chemical complex for gas experiments in 2002. But many of the prior reports had been made by former political prisoners and guards whose credibility has been questioned. Full Story

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