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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.

Today in Korean history

April 15 1885 -- A British vessel patrolling East Asia occupies Geomun, a small island off the Korean Peninsula's south coast, on the pretext of blocking southward expansion by Russia. 1910 -- Korean linguist Ju Si-gyeong publishes a grammar book that consolidates the modern-day usage of the Korean language.

Forgery probe clears S. Korea spy chief

South Korean prosecutors concluded Monday that the head of the national spy agency was not involved in the fabrication of evidence in an alleged espionage case. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been accused of forging documents -- including Chinese border control records -- to build a spying case against a former Seoul City official who escaped to South Korea from North Korea in 2004.

Two NIS officials indicted over evidence forgery

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean prosecutors on Monday brought charges against two state intelligence agents for their alleged role in forging Chinese government documents to frame a North Korean defector for espionage. The indictment comes nearly two months after the Chinese Embassy in Seoul announced that the Chinese immigration records were fake, raising suspicions that Seoul's National Intelligence Service (NIS) may be behind the alleged forgery.

S. Korea vows to push ahead with unification initiative

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea pledged Monday to push ahead with President Park Geun-hye's unification initiative toward North Korea, despite Pyongyang's clear rejection of it. Park called for, among other things, bolstering exchanges with the North as first steps toward building trust between the sides to lay the groundwork for unification of the two Koreas. She unveiled the proposals, called the Dresden Declaration, during her trip to the former East German city of Dresden last month.
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