Kim Jong Un has taken his personal protection to a new level. Japanese media reported Friday that the North Korean dictator, who already only travels at night out of fear of attack, has linked up with 10 former KGB agents to avoid assassination.
A source told the Asahi Shimbun that Kim reached out to the ex-members of the Russian secret intelligence agency in February. They came to Pyongyang as military advisers to give advice to Kim’s guards on how to handle threats—including those that may come from the U.S. The outlet also speculated that the former KGB agents may be helping the North Korean government weed out spies there.
“North Korea is showing great interest in defending against assassination carried out by U.S.-made state-of-the-art weapons,” the source told the Asahi, according to a translation from United Press International. The former spies from the Soviet security agency were asked “to carry out military education and training needed in detecting and pre-emptively suppressing acts of terror.” [Newsweek]