In this One Minute News Grab Media video (November 26, 2012) you will see an “exclusive” showing of some special assassin’s gadgets. The announcer tells us that “investigators” have just released images of the killer gadgets that were to be used in an assassination attempt of an anti-Pyongyang protester. A search revealed that the assassination attempt was actually made in Seoul (CNN: Asia). The “target” protester is named Park Sang-hak and is apparently mentioned in the Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights Hearing on North Korea. The Hearing’s report mentions that “assassins are allowed to travel freely in North Korea”.
The “investigation authorities” stated that there were three such killer gadgets (you will see them in the accompanying video/s). Two of these were poison-delivery devices. One was designed to look like a “Parker Papermate” pen – with a poison needle that could be projected from the tip. The other literally would fire a poisoned “pellet” into the would-be victim. The other was a “new” assassin’s device – a gun designed to look like a flashlight. It had three bores and could fire three bullets. The authorities tested the device and judged it to be lethally effective – as are the other two devices.
Recalling the murder investigation of Georgi Markov, we see that Mr. Markov was apparently assassinated with an “umbrella gun“. The umbrella gun fired a small sugar-coated pellet that was found to have traces of ricin. Ricin is easily extracted from castor beans and, in any case, ingestion of both is known to be fatal. This leads us to speculate that the poison-pellet pen in the Seoul attempt may contain ricin – though unverified. Hence the posting of the image of the crystallographic structure of ricin from the NCBI.
Ricin is not the only preferred assassin’s poison, apparently. Polonium 210 is in the news once again as Palestine has exhumed (and since re-interred) the remains of Yasir Arafat. The possibility of his death by poisoning and that of Alexander Litvinenko remain controversial with the blame put on assassination by polonium 210. But it seems likely that the flashlight gun was just that and the poison pens may have contained ricin in the Seoul assassination gadgets.