A lawmaker said Wednesday he has obtained intelligence that there are two North Korean spies in the country targeting defectors.
Rep. Ha Tae-Keung from the Bareun Party, who is well versed in North Korea issues, said the assassins are focusing on defectors who were high-ranking officials in Pyongyang or are actively engaging in activities against the regime.
"The government should thoroughly prepare to prevent possible assassinations of high-ranking North Korean defectors," Ha said.
The remark came after Kim Jong-nam, the 45-year-old half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed in Malaysia on Monday.
|Rep. Ha Tae-Keung of the Bareun Party (Yonhap)|
The lawmaker claimed the assassins are men and their nationality is unknown.
"They could be North Koreans coming to the country through Southeast Asia, or terrorists from a third country like China or Southeast Asia," Ha said. (Yonhap)
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