North Korea says its National Security Service has arrested several of its citizens who were working as spies for a foreign country.
The official Korean Central News Agency reports Wednesday that a foreign espionage agency coerced the North Koreans with money, sex and blackmail. Several foreigners were also arrested.
The news report says the agents had posed as businessmen and used cameras, and global positioning systems to take pictures and draw maps of key military facilities.
North Korea says the spies also were asked to collect information on military and state secrets and spread the ideas of freedom and democracy.
It did not identify the foreign country or the spy agency.
This is the first time in recent years that North Korea has announced the arrest of spies.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.