North Korean delegates to a United Nation conference has been “Mugged” by the US authorities at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday alleged by North Korea.
As per the North Korean, a group of 20 officials used physical violence to confiscate the package from the delegates, according to the Ministry, with the North Koreans described as being “literally mugged.” The Ministry said the confiscation was illegal as the delegates were in possession of a valid diplomatic courier certificate.
The US Department of Homeland Security confirmed that a group of three North Koreans was confronted at JFK, but said they did not hold diplomatic status.
The North Korean delegation was at the airport on June 16, en route home to North Korea following attendance at the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, according to the Pyongyang’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed an incident took place at the airport with North Korean citizens. It claimed the group were not accredited members of North Korea’s Mission to the UN and had no entitlement to diplomatic immunity.
The North Korean government condemned the action by the US authorities and called it as a heinous act of provocation.