The mysterious group behind last month’s commando-style raid on the North Korean embassy in Madrid on Thursday boldly promised “bigger things ahead” in its stated goal to “overthrow the Kim Jong-un regime” with comrades from within.

But until earlier this week, the little-known Choellima Civil Defence (CCD) group had largely existed in the shadows, describing itself as a group of defectors who have formed a government-in-exile to topple the regime and fight on behalf of millions of “enslaved” North Koreans.

Their audacious intrusion into the embassy compound which led, according to Spanish court documents, to the assault of diplomatic staff and the theft of confidential material that was then…

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