Covert assassin weapons from North Korea

CNN reports on the arsenal discovered on the North Korean assassin arrested in Seoul last year: a poison-dart pen, a pen-pistol, a flashlight-gun, and more.

Disguised to look like a Parker ballpoint pen, it contains a poison needle and is practically impossible to identify as a weapon.

The second pen shoots a poison-filled bullet which penetrates the skin and releases the toxin and the third weapon is a flashlight, loaded with up to three bullets. They all look completely innocuous but all three will kill...

... That target was anti-North Korea activist, Park Sang-hak, who has since been given round-the-clock police protection by South Korean authorities. We showed Park the footage of the weapons intended for him. He was shocked.

'Poison' pen mightier than sword for would-be North Korean assassin (Thanks, polymorf!)


  1. I’m always clicking Parker pens three times and throwing them under my colleagues’ desks.   But nothing ever happens.

  2. I wonder if they’re using ricin as the Soviets did or something faster like curare. Three to five days till death with ricin, one to twenty five minutes with curare.

    1. But, man, castor beans are soooo much easier to get.  I guess sometimes you shouldn’t cut corners…

  3. I dunno, seems like the Americans and Israelis have assassination down to a simple method of bomb/missile/drone strikes. No need for the covert fancy 007 stuff.

  4. I’m sorry, I’ve got a problem here: the article title. 

    “‘Poison’ pen mightier than sword for would-be North Korean assassin

    Really?  You’re making puns about this?  This story is still about an activist being targeted for murder by his former country, right?

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