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South Korea spy chief apologies over forgery scandal

Published on Apr 15, 2014 10:34 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's intelligence chief vowed a "bone-crushing" overhaul of his embattled agency as he apologised on 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.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) was 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 the North in 2004.

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