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alarabiya.net 06 Aug, 2022 14:45 am

South Korea raids own spy agency to investigate North Korea-related incidents

South Korea raids own spy agency to investigate North Korea-related incidents
South Korean prosecutors raided the country’s main spy agency Wednesday as part of investigations into two past North Korea-related incidents that drew

New conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol, who took office in May, has accused his liberal predecessor Moon Jae-in of being “submissive” to North Korea and has moved to resolve persistent suspicions about the handling of the two cases.The cases include North Korea’s fatal shooting of a South Korean fisheries official near the Koreas' western sea boundary in 2020, and South Korea’s deportation of two North Korean fishermen despite their wishes to resettle in South Korea in 2019.The Moon's government had said the slain official was saddled with gambling debts and had family troubles when he swam to North Korea.Last month, Yoon’s government said there was no evidence that the official attempted to flee to North Korea, overturning the Moon government's assessment.

By law, South Korea views North Korea as part of its territory and has a policy of accepting North Koreans wishing to resettle in the South.Earlier this week, Yoon’s government released photos of the repatriation that showed the fishermen, both blindfolded, apparently resisting being dragged and handed over to North Korea at the land border crossing.

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