When South Korean authorities intercepted a spy on his way to assassinate a political activist, they found deadly gadgets that wouldn't be out of place in a James Bond movie.
An investigation official has revealed they found everyday objects on the spy that look harmless but were actually weapons used by North Korean assassins.
The first looked like a standard Parker ballpoint pen but released a lethal needle when twisted that would feel like a slight prick to the victim.
"It would cause muscle paralysis very quickly which would lead to suffocation and death," the investigation official told CNN.
A second pen shot a poisoned bullet that would release deadly toxins into a victim's body.
The spy's torch, which was actually a gun that could hold up to three bullets, was reportedly the most recent creation out of the gadgets.
"I've never seen this weapon," the official said.
"If you look at the front, there are three holes.
"There was a bullet in each hole and here is the trigger."
He said the new torch gun was extremely accurate and deadly.
The bullets and poison darts inside the gadgets were meant for anti-North Korea activist Park Sang-hak, who has been placed under police protection.
Would-be assassin "Ahn" was arrested in Seoul last year while on his way to meet Park after offering him a donation for his anti-North Korea campaigns.
When shown the gadgets that could have killed him, Park said he expected more assassination attempts but would continue sending anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets across the border in balloons.
Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving Editor: Nick Pearson.