To consolidate power within North Korea, Kim Jong-Un and his family run a ruthless network of spies. A former spy told CNN that North Korea’s also got legions of operatives inside the U.S. and South Korea.
To keep his spies from defecting, Kim’s regime is said to use what they call ‘anchor children.’
“Certainly an agent would be operating by him or herself in South Korea would have their family left behind, and North Korea would use that as leverage,” said Bruce Klingner of The Heritage Foundation.
Another former North Korean spy told CNN that his entire family was executed back in North Korea to punish him for not fulfilling his mission.
Agents who’ve defected have consistently said if they’re caught they’re under orders to commit suicide rather than fall into enemy hands.