North Korean Embassy Raid: As Answers Emerge, Many Questions Remain

In early April, the IELR Blog reported on the break-in at the North Korean Embassy in Madrid. Though Spain sought the extradition of those involved in the raid, the U.S. refused to comment on the situation, let alone offer their open assistance. As a result, it appeared as though the assailants had escaped, leaving behind a complex political incident that entangled the U.S., North Korea, and Spain, all in the shadow of the failed Trump-Kim summit of February 2019. One month later, the case continues to develop. On April 23, 2019, the U.S. arrested Christopher Philip Ahn, a U.S. citizen and former Marine, for his involvement in the raid. Spain, who put out the arrest warrant against Ahn, has filed a number of charges against him, including robbery, illegal restraint, and associating with criminal organization. U.S. enforcement officials learned of Ahn’s participation in the raid when Adrian Hong Chang, the de facto leader of the group, informed the FBI of Ahn’s…

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