September 30, 2023

New South Korean ‘anti-communism unit’ to probe North Korean espionage

Spy agency will co-lead investigations with police until handover next year, amid controversy over transfer of authority

South Korea is introducing a new “anti-communism unit” that will lead investigations into North Korean espionage, a development that follows controversy over an investigation into several alleged DPRK spy rings. 

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) will co-head the unit with the national police through the end of 2023 before handing it off fully to police next year, the agency said in a press release on Monday.