Korean-born postal worker shoots at U.N.


UNITED NATIONS - A postal worker protesting human rights abuses in North Korea climbed over the fence in front of the United Nations yesterday and fired seven shots into the air and at the main tower before he was arrested by guards.

Law enforcement officials identified him as Steve S. Kim, 57, of Des Plaines, Ill. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen who immigrated to the United States about 20 years ago from South Korea, officials said, basing their comments on Kim's statements.

He climbed the fence at a point near East 43rd Street in Manhattan between U.N. security guard posts and walked into the driveway in front of the secretariat building.

He tossed out papers from a bag he carried and fired the shots from a .357 Smith & Wesson handgun, emptying it.

He then dropped the gun and turned to walk back toward the fence. Kim put up little resistance when he was seized, authorities said.

No one was injured in the shooting, but at least two bullets went through windows on the 18th and 20th floors of the secretariat building, "narrowly missing several employees," said Michael McCann, chief of U.N. security.

In the papers he carried, Kim wrote that North Korea "is groaning under the weight of starvation and dictatorial suppression."

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