facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

N. Korean spy arrested in South

Aug. 21, 2006 at 5:14 AM   |   Comments

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A suspected North Korean spy was arrested in South Korea this month while trying to enter Seoul, South Korea's spy agency said Monday.

The spy, identified as Jung Gyong Hak, was attempting to enter South Korea with a forged passport from a Southeast Asian country, the National Intelligence Service said.

Jung had previously stayed in South Korea with a Thai passport in 1996-1997, and was caught by the intelligence service while trying to re-enter using a fake passport from the Philippines in late July.

He was sent to Seoul Prosecution last week, which was expected to indict the suspected North Korean spy, officials said.

Jung is believed to be a member of an espionage arm of the North's ruling Workers' Party, they said.

The suspect is the first alleged North Korean spy to be arrested since 2003 while trying to enter the country.

The intelligence agency has exposed eight North and South Koreans for spying for the North since President Roh Moo-hyun took office in early 2003.

The spy case comes at a time when military tensions are rising across the inter-Korean border over North Korea's programs to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. North and South Korea are still technically in a state of war, as the 1950-53 Korean War ended without a peace treaty.

© 2006 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business
2
Textron's G-CLAW on target in live-fire demonstration Textron's G-CLAW on target in live-fire demonstration
3
Pay up, Gazprom tells Ukraine Pay up, Gazprom tells Ukraine
4
$3 gas could make a comeback $3 gas could make a comeback
5
Starbucks testing smaller Frappuccinos Starbucks testing smaller Frappuccinos
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback