S Korea spy general arrested

2010-06-09 19:12

Seoul - A two-star South Korean army general was arrested on Wednesday accused of leaking the country's war plan and other secrets to North Korea, a news report said.

The Defence Security Command had asked military prosecutors to arrest the major-general identified only as Kim for leaking classified information, Yonhap news agency said.

A defence ministry spokesperson declined to comment on the report.

The leaked secrets include a military operation to be carried out in case of all-out war with North Korea, Yonhap said.

The arrest of the general followed the detention on June 3 of two people accused of handing over military secrets to the North, Yonhap said.

It said one of them was a former spy for the South who acquired military secrets through the general and handed them to a North Korean agent in China in return for an unspecified payment.

The South periodically detains people accused of spying for its communist neighbour.

A female North Korean spy arrested last month used sex to secure sensitive information on Seoul's subway system, prosecutors have said.

In another case, a female North Korean spy was arrested and jailed for five years in 2008.

She had admitted having sex with a South Korean army officer to secure secret information.