June 02, 2023

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ

Song Du-yul acted as an enthusiastic propagandist for the regime and likely held a prominent role in the bureaucracy

Korea recently experienced yet another spy scandal, as Seoul authorities arrested four political activists who allegedly acted as North Korean agents. Ideology more than money appears to have driven these former firebrands of the students' movement in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Their arrest recalls the case of Professor Song Du-yul, a prominent guru of the nationalist Left who also happened to be a North Korean agent with a high formal position in the Pyongyang bureaucracy.