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S. Korea spy chief apologises over forgery scandal

South Korea's intelligence chief vowed a "bone-crushing" overhaul of his embattled agency as he apologised Tuesday for a scandal that saw senior agents charged with fabricating evidence in an espionage case. "I feel deeply pained for letting this happen... and feel tremendous responsibility," Nam Jae-Joon told reporters in a rare press appearance. His apology came a day after the agency's deputy chief stepped down.

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 two officials of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) for their alleged roles in the scandal. NIS Director Nam Jae-joon also offered an apology earlier in the day.

Opposition party demands spy chief's dismissal

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's main opposition party demanded Tuesday that President Park Geun-hye fire her spy chief over the state intelligence agency's alleged fabrication of evidence in an espionage case. The scandal 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.

Financial watchdog calls for tightened discipline

By Kim Boram SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's chief financial watchdog on Tuesday warned local banks that further misconduct would result in harsh punishment, demanding that they reinforce discipline and tighten security in light of a series of recent mistakes from data leaks to business irregularities. "We all have to take responsibility for the recent incidents as we did not comply with laws and principles, which are the foundation of the financial system," Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) Gov. Choi Soo-hyun said in a meeting with heads of local banks.

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."

S. Korea spy chief apologies over forgery scandal

South Korea's intelligence chief vowed a "bone-crushing" overhaul of his embattled agency as he apologised Tuesday for a scandal that saw senior agents charged with fabricating evidence in an espionage case. "I feel deeply pained for letting this happen ... and feel tremendous responsibility," Nam Jae-Joon told reporters in a rare press appearance. His apology came a day after the agency's deputy chief stepped down.

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.

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.

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.
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