January 28, 2023

Chongryon still Pyongyang’s pawn in covert operations: former intelligence officer

Despite dwindling numbers, pro-North organization can still be useful should hostilities arise

Though the organization has seen better days, Chongryon can still serve as a base for North Korea’s covert operations against the South, a former Japanese intelligence officer told NK News.

Established in 1955, the pro-North Chongryon organization in Japan has served as a strong support for such activities from the motherland. It has been the main association of North Korean residents, who for years have shown stout solidarity with the Hermit Kingdom.