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Israeli NGO wins historic $330m. judgment against North Korea for kidnapping priest

An Israeli NGO announced on Monday that a US federal court in Washington, DC has granted it a landmark $330 million default award judgment against North Korea in a civil damages trial for wrongful death, torture and kidnapping.

The judgment, only announced Monday, included $15 m. each to the son and brother of Rev. Kim Dong Shik, presumed dead, as well as $300 m. in punitive damages.

But default judgments where the defendant does not even appear to defend the charges, are notoriously hard to collect on, especially with a regime like North Korea, which has few connections to the US or the West in general.

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