Lee Young-guk studied the party (DPRK’s sole political party, the workers’ party) and military in Kim Il Sung Higher Party School in the DPRK. After graduating, he served in the military, working for 10 years in Department No.6 of the Escort Bureau in the Central Committee of the Party as a guard for the Kim Jong Il regime.
After being discharged from the military, he worked in the Military Department of the Directly-governed City Committee of Musan City as a Vice-Director until he escaped to China in 1994. He was arrested in China by the National Security Agency because he was discovered trying to seek asylum in South Korea. He was dragged to the DPRK Embassy in Beijing, China and severely tortured, before being repatriated to the DPRK and sent to the tortuous Yoduk political prison camp. Detained for five years, he eventually did escape to South Korea in 1999.
He is currently the representative of NK Information Center, a North Korean human rights NGO in Seoul, Korea.