By Park Si-soo
The National Intelligence Service and prosecutors said Sunday that they
had a female North Korean spy in custody who obtained 'confidential'
information about companies and the National Police Agency from people
she met through Internet chat rooms.
They said the 36-year-old woman, identified as Kim Soon-nyeo, had been
arrested on espionage charges, as had Oh Byung-doo, a 52-year-old former
executive of the Seoul Metro subway service, who supported her
The announcement comes at a time when inter-Korean relations are at
their worst in years after the Seoul government confirmed last week that
North Korea was behind the sinking of a South Korean warship in the West
Sea on March 26, killing 46 sailors. President Lee Myung-bak has vowed
to take 'resolute countermeasures' against the North in cooperation with
the international community.
Also, it was made public with just 11 days remaining before the June 2
According to prosecutors, Kim, disguised as a North Korean defector,
crossed the border into China in February 2006 and worked as an
accountant at a hotel in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province. Running a
cosmetics shop there independently, she lured some South Koreans into
relationships through Internet chat rooms and obtained information on
South Korea from them.
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