North Korea has hired former KGB staff as advisors to ensure the security of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported with reference to an unnamed source.
According to the newspaper, around 10 former KGB employees will be consultants for Kim Jong Un’s bodyguards. It is likely that these are agents from the seventh division of the Second Chief Directorate, which was involved in counter-intelligence.
Asahi Shimbun reports that the former Russian KGB agents were invited to Pyongyang in February 2017. They were supposed to teach Kim Jong Un’s bodyguards how to prevent acts of terrorism and how to act during an attack.
According to the newspaper’s source, the leadership of North Korea is particularly interested in means of protection against assassination using the latest American weapons, especially drones.