SEOUL — A confessed North Korean agent said in court Tuesday that she planted the bomb that blew a South Korean jetliner apart off the Burma coast in 1987, killing all 115 people aboard.
Relatives of victims shouted insults as security agents led Kim Hyun Hui into the courtroom for the opening session of her trial. One relative screamed "I'm here to kill you!" and another: "Bring back my husband!"
The 27-year-old defendant buried her face in her hands and sobbed.
Kim told the court later that she bombed the Korean Air Boeing 707 on orders from leaders of Communist North Korea who wanted to disrupt the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. The bomb exploded Nov. 29, 1987, on a flight to Seoul from Baghdad, Iraq.
Her admission came in response to questions by prosecutors. After the prosecution finished presenting its evidence, the court adjourned until March 21, when defense lawyers will present their case.