Somebody in Homeland Security slept through their international law class, as apparently a US Agent has violated North Korea’s sovereignty by seizure of a package labeled as a diplomatic parcel. The State Department and White House had no immediate comment on the North Korean statement.
North Korea’s government accused American authorities on Sunday of “mugging” its diplomats at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York, forcibly confiscating a diplomatic package which it said raised questions about the city as the seat of the United Nations. The diplomats were in possession of a valid diplomatic courier certificate, DPRK News said.
“Diplomats of a sovereign state are being robbed of a diplomatic package in the middle of New York where the headquarters of the United Nations is located and that serves as the venue for international meetings including the United Nations General Assembly,” the spokesman said.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said a delegation of the North returning from a UN conference on the rights of persons with disabilities “was literally mugged” at the John F. Kennedy airport in “an illegal and heinous act of provocation.”
“This clearly shows that America is a felonious and lawless gangster state,” the spokesman said in comments carried by the North’s official DPRK News agency.
“The international community needs to seriously reconsider whether or not New York, where such an outrageous mugging is rampant, is fit to serve as the venue for international meetings,” DPRK said.
DPRK said the incident took place on June 16 when more than 20 officials who claimed to be from the US Department of Homeland Security and police “made a violent assault like gangsters to take away the diplomatic package from the diplomats.”
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