I truly believe that eventually, the key is in the hands of the North Korean people," and they way to reach them he says, is to "send information in the form of USB sticks and DVD's.
Living here may have shattered his misconceptions, but the process of changing his view about America took some time.
"America is waiting for the chance to enslave or invade our country, so as a kid what you are hearing is, that you have to be ready to be the next generation to protect our country and basically be ready to fight hostile forces," he recalled.
"The brainwashing and indoctrination is kind of a scary thing." Seongmin was able to escape to South Korea in 2010, and he made his way to our shores as a student in 2016.
"I had been taught to believe really bad, for my entire lifetime there and it was hard to change my mindset quickly," he explained.
"But that type of perception started changing when I had a chance to interact with American students." He said that he is astounded at the simple freedoms that American routinely enjoy, and take for granted.