A Korean American citizen Kim Dong Chul, 62, has been sentenced to 10-years of hard labour by North Korea for subversion.
China’s Xinhua news agency reports that Chul who admitted to spying for the South Korean and US governments; confessed to stealing military secrets and plotting subversion with South Koreans.
North Korea’s KCNA news agency said Chul admitted to committing “unpardonable espionage” under the direction of the US and South Korean governments and apologised for his crimes.
“The extraordinary crime I committed was defaming and insulting the republic’s highest dignity and its system and spreading false propaganda aimed at breaking down its solidarity,” the agency quoted him as saying.
Chul who was arrested in October while receiving a USB stick containing military and nuclear secrets from a source in North Korea said that he was approached by South Korean intelligence officers in 2011 to engage in paid espionage.
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