U.S. Court Orders North Korea to Pay $330 Million to Kidnapped Pastor’s Family

korea pdWASHINGTON (Korea Times) A U.S. court has ordered North Korea to pay $330 million in compensation to the family of a late Korean American pastor abducted by the North in 2000 while trying to help North Korean defectors in China.

The Washington D.C. District Court delivered the verdict earlier this month, bringing the total amount of damages North Korea has to pay as results of a series of lawsuits in the U.S. so far to about $777 million, according to diplomatic sources.

Kim Dong-shik was taken by a North Korean kidnapping squad in 2000 from Yanbian in northeastern China, apparently due to his support for North Korean defectors in China. Kim is believed to have died the following year.

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