21 June 2017

News Story: S. Korea's spy agency launches reform committee

SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's spy agency on Monday launched an in-house reform committee to head its efforts to insulate itself from politics and regain public trust.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) committee set up two task forces under its wing each tasked with probing the agency's illegal involvement in domestic politics and overhauling its organizations, it said.

The reform of the NIS was one of President Moon Jae-in's election pledges. Moon seeks to prohibit the spy agency from meddling in internal politics and make it focus on overseas operations.

On June 1, new NIS Director Suh Hoon ordered a ban on domestic intelligence operations to gather information on government ministries, media and other organizations.

"The launch of the committee will be a historic starting point for the NIS to be reborn," Suh said in a statement.

The move is aimed at regaining public confidence and rebuilding itself as a credible intelligence agency, it said.

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