February 21, 2024

ROK union leaders charged with spying for North Korea in ‘movie-like’ scheme

Prosecutors allege four South Koreans secretly met DPRK agents abroad and took orders to stir up anti-American sentiment

South Korean prosecutors unveiled full charges against trade union leaders accused of spying for North Korea on Thursday, describing a “movie-like” scheme that allegedly featured secretive meetings with DPRK operatives abroad and encrypted communications in YouTube comments sections.

The Suwon District Prosecutors Office said four members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) were indicted on Wednesday on charges of espionage, communicating and meeting with North Korean spies and other violations of the National Security Act.