(International Business Times) In an attempt to keep an eye on defectors, North Korean secret police agents from the Ministry of State Security (MSS) are studying the Bible. The move was designed by the secretive state to also extract information from South Korean citizens, pertaining to developments in the latter’s country and to find the whereabouts of North Korean defectors in China and South Korea.

According to Daily NK, agents who study the Bible target South Korean churchgoers in China and get close with them. They would then strike up a conversation and eventually get the required information. A source told the news outlet knowledge about the Bible can prove to be a useful tool while trying to gain the attention of the worshipers.

“MSS agents are not studying the Bible in its entirety or to complete memory. They are just studying it piecemeal to better infiltrate churches established by South Koreans and Chinese nationals in China. Knowledge of the Bible can go a long way in helping them to interact with missionaries and blend in with the church communities,” the source told Daily NK.

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