May 22, 2024
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South Korea’s meddlesome spooks

Security agency is in the dock, but it’s fighting back hard

Part of my remit here at NK News is to write about the other Korea. You know, the nicer one. The serious one. The non-freak. The world’s 7th-largest trading nation. The one that gives us – well, sells us – Samsung phones and Hyundai cars. And Psy (whatever happened to him?)

To focus solely on North Korea while ignoring the South is lopsided. The same applies vice versa, of course. You’re only seeing half the picture, so you risk missing the wider context of mutual antagonism which in important ways continues to shape and drive both Korean states.

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