Kim Jong Un (North Korean Official News Service)

North Korea Condemns 'Grave Terrorist Attack' On Its Madrid Embassy

A mysterious group calling for the overthrow of the North Korean regime has claimed responsibility.

Kim Jong Un (North Korean Official News Service)

North Korean President Kim Jong Un (Picture: North Korean Official News Service).

North Korea has demanded an investigation into a raid on its embassy in Spain, which it described as a "grave terrorist attack".

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said it was an act of extortion that violates international law.

The incident occurred ahead of President Donald Trump's second summit with leader Kim Jong Un in February.

A mysterious group calling for the overthrow of the North Korean regime has claimed responsibility.

The North's official media quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying that an illegal intrusion into and occupation of a diplomatic mission as an act of extortion are a grave breach of state sovereignty and a flagrant violation of international law.

He claimed an armed group tortured the staff and suggested they stole communications gear.

The 10 people who allegedly raided the embassy in Madrid belong to a mysterious dissident organisation that styles itself as a government-in-exile dedicated to toppling the ruling Kim family dynasty.

The leader of the alleged intruders appears to be a Yale-educated human rights activist who was once jailed in China while trying to rescue North Korean defectors living in hiding, according to activists and defectors.

Details have begun trickling out about the raid after a Spanish judge lifted a secrecy order last week and said an investigation of what happened on 22 February uncovered evidence that "a criminal organisation" shackled and gagged embassy staff before escaping with computers, hard drives and documents.

A US official said the group is named Cheollima Civil Defence, a little-known organisation that recently called for international solidarity in the fight against North Korea's government.

Spain has issued at least two international arrest warrants for members of the group.