Pyongyang, North Korea—The government of North Korea has announced via its state-run news agency that it has decided to keep a nuclear warhead found by a teenager in a parking lot last February, rather than return it to the young man who found it.
The warhead will go into the country’s general arsenal, not back to Kim Il-sung University student Kim Choi, who found the warhead in a cardboard box at the Kim Jong-il Pavillion Shopping Center in North Pyongyang.
“I do not regret making decision the I did,” Choi said, via the news agency. “I feel proud of myself for turning the warhead over to government. It is surely one of the biggest decisions of my life.”
The 19 year-old engineering student found the unmarked box lying on the ground in the middle of the afternoon with no soldiers in sight, and after taking several pictures with the device and posting them on his Twitter account, he took it to the closest police station.
Since then, the government and Pyongyang police have tried their “level best” to find the owner of the nuclear warhead, but have had no luck.
“There was no return address or any identifying information on the device,” a spokesman for the government said.
On Tuesday, government officials said under a new state policy, the unclaimed warhead will go into the country’s general arsenal, not back to the person who found it, as warheads have in years past.
“We very much appreciate your honesty,” said Pyongyang police spokesman Senior Cpl. Ke Jan. “You are true patriot and should be very proud. We are going to put the warhead to good use. It will not be wasted, but will be put to good use for the people of North Korea.”
Government officials have said that Choi will receive an autographed photo of Kim Jong-il as well as a signed copy of his book, “On the Art of the Cinema.”
Choi said he did not expect any reward for his actions, but is grateful the “Supreme Leader” was kind enough to bestow upon him these wonderful honors.