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New spy agency chief orders abolition of domestic intelligence operations

All News 17:20 June 01, 2017

SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- New National Intelligence Service director Suh Hoon on Thursday ordered the abolition of domestic intelligence operations, setting in motion a campaign to reform the spy agency long suspected of meddling in politics to support the ruling elites.

Suh issued the order shortly after President Moon Jae-in conferred an appointment certificate following the parliamentary confirmation process.

Under the order, the NIS immediately stopped operations of all NIS operatives tasked with gathering information related to government ministries and agencies, media and other organizations, the NIS said in a press release.

Suh also decided to launch a panel to discuss the mid- and long-term development of the agency and ways to strengthen its intelligence-gathering capabilities. The panel will consist of NIS staff as well as outside experts, the agency said.


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