Fmr. North Korean Prisoner Speaks Out
His journey to freedom
- Duration 2:09
- Date Apr 13, 2012
His journey to freedom
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As we talk about the failed launch of North Korea's long range missile and the possibility of the rogue nation's third nuclear test.
There's another story that got our attention.
One of the few people ever to escape North Korea's notorious prison system now speaking out in a new book about his ultimate journey to freedom.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin live for us at the Pentagon with more Jennifer.
John can understand North Korea you must understand it's gulag system 200000.
Prisoners in turned.
In modern day concentration death camps only three people have ever escaped.
I interviewed one of them this week he told me the first roll what you couldn't escape.
And the first rule was that you cannot escape and there were other parts -- -- that first rules such as well if you attempt to escape you'll be shocked to that.
And those that sought the attempt to escape of another prisoner and -- -- report on the -- -- be shot as well.
Shin -- Cooke climbed over the back of another prisoner to escape five years ago.
His friend was electrocuted on the fence that -- -- to climb across he was born in the death camp guard she's starvation to control him.
He described to me how he -- on his mother -- brother when he found out they were trying to escape.
He said I was fourteen years old when my mother and brother -- publicly executed but I felt no emotion.
Rather I felt relieved that I was one that I was not one that was tied to the wooden stake of the executioner.
So that that was what I felt at the time.
Fifteen years old he was a kid these -- the rules that he had been raised to follow and he immediately got up.
And -- told -- guard and his parents his mother and brother were arrested.
Taken to an underground facility in the camp they were tortured and then they were executed.
Author Blaine Harden has been killed since extraordinary escape and conditions in these modern day -- trance concentration camps in a new book.
North Koreans don't just punish political dissidents themselves they punish relatives three generations later that's how they control their population.
Through fear John.