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S. Korea's intelligence chief apologizes for evidence forgery

The head of South Korea's state intelligence agency apologized to the country Tuesday after three intelligence agents were indicted the previous day for alleged roles in forging Chinese government documents to frame a North Korean defector in an attempt to convict the defector of spying for North Korea. "I lower my head and offer an apology for causing you trouble," Nam Jae Joon, director of the National Intelligence Service, said. "I feel miserable and am held fully responsible."

S. Korea's intelligence chief apologizes for evidence forgery

The head of South Korea's state intelligence agency apologized to the country Tuesday after three intelligence agents were indicted Monday for alleged roles in forging Chinese government documents to frame a North Korean defector in an attempt to convict the defector of spying for North Korea. "I lower my head and offer an apology for causing you trouble," Nam Jae Joon, director of the National Intelligence Service, said. "I feel miserable and am held fully responsible."

Spymaster apologizes over evidence forgery

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The chief of South Korea's main intelligence agency apologized Tuesday for the agency's role in forging evidence to frame a North Korean defector for espionage. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been accused of fabricating Chinese government documents and submitting them to the prosecution to build an espionage case against Yoo Woo-seong, the 34-year-old defector who previously worked at the Seoul municipal government.

Park apologizes over fake evidence scandal

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye apologized Tuesday for the spy agency's alleged forgery of evidence used in charging a North Korean defector with espionage, ordering the embattled agency to make thorough efforts to reform itself. Park issued the apology during a Cabinet meeting, a day after prosecutors indicted three officials of the National Intelligence Service for their alleged roles in the scandal. NIS Director Nam Jae-joon also offered an apology earlier in the day.

Opposition leader demands independent probe into fake evidence scandal

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- A co-leader of the main opposition party on Tuesday demanded an independent probe into the state spy agency's alleged fabrication of evidence in an espionage case, saying the prosecution's investigation failed to uncover the main culprits. The case centers on allegations that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) fabricated official Chinese documents and submitted them to the prosecution in order to frame a Chinese-born defector from North Korea for espionage.

Spymaster apologizes over evidence forgery

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The chief of South Korea's intelligence agency apologized Tuesday for the agency's role in forging evidence to frame a North Korean defector for espionage. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been accused of fabricating Chinese government documents to build an espionage case against Yoo Woo-seong, the 34-year-old defector who previously worked at the Seoul municipal government.

N. Korean leader pays tribute to founder on birthday

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid respects to his grandfather and founder of the communist country on Tuesday marking his 102nd birthday, the North's state media said. Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the body of Kim Il-sung, along with his son and former leader Kim Jong-un, lies in state, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The founding father died in 1994, and his birthday is one of the most important holidays in North Korea.

Senior S.Korean intelligence official resigns

A top South Korean intelligence official resigned Monday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Suh Cheon-Ho, one of its three vice-chiefs, stepped down to take reponsibility for the involvement of his staff in the scandal. The agency has been accused of forging documents -- including Chinese border control records -- to build a false spying case against a former Seoul city official who had escaped to South Korea from North Korea in 2004.

Senior S.Korean intelligence official resigns

A top South Korean intelligence official resigned Monday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Suh Cheon-Ho, one of its three vice-chiefs, stepped down to take reponsibility for the involvement of his staff in the scandal. The agency has been accused of forging documents -- including Chinese border control records -- to build a false spying case against a former Seoul city official who had escaped to South Korea from North Korea in 2004.

Opposition lawmaker in row with ruling party over drones

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- An opposition lawmaker clashed with the ruling party Monday after he claimed that the three unmanned aerial vehicles recently discovered near the tensely guarded inter-Korean border may not have come from North Korea. Rep. Jung Chung-rai of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy made the claim last Friday amid an ongoing investigation into the origin of the three drones found crashed in separate areas near the border. He claimed that a South Korean font was used for the writing on the aircraft.
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