Inside the Ring: North Korea Sends Spies Overseas to Prevent Defections, Extend Reach of Human Rights Abuses

Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addresses the crowd from a balcony overlooking Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang during a military parade on Oct. 10, 2015 / AP


North Korea has deployed more than 300 undercover security officers around the world to spy on government personnel and laborers to prevent them from defecting, according to information provided by a former North Korean security official.

The overseas operatives are engaged in human rights abuses related to their monitoring of activities of North Korean diplomats, government officials and the tens of thousands of laborers who are sent abroad to raise cash for the communist regime of Kim Jong-un.

The North Korean defector disclosed the activities of the Ministry of State Security, the totalitarian state’s spy and security arm, last month, according to an official familiar with the defector’s testimony.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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