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North Korea may have hired more than 10 former KGB agents as military advisers to help protect leader Kim Jong-un from assassination, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun.

The veterans of the Soviet Union’s old espionage bureau are reportedly being used to guard against a “decapitation” strike against Kim by the US and South Korea forces.

“In February, North Korea invited to Pyongyang about 10 former staff of the KGB’s anti-terrorism unit with experience in suppression strategy, to Pyongyang, and entrusted them to carry out the training of [North Korea] escort commanders,” a North Korean source on the matter told the Japanese newspaper in a report picked up by other news media.

The KGB where Russian President Vladimir Putin used to work is now known in Russia as the Federal Security Service or FSB. (Federal’naya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti)

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