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South Korea's Park apologises for latest scandal to rock spy agency

Published on Apr 15, 2014 2:38 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korean President Park Geun Hye apologised on Tuesday for the latest scandal to rock the intelligence service where three officials have been charged with conspiracy to fabricate evidence against a man accused of spying for North Korea.

The case is the latest in a long line of controversies marking the National Intelligence Service's troubled history that have triggered calls for reform, but it has been notoriously averse to change.

Park warned the service must mend its ways. "Regrettably, the National Intelligence Service's wrongful practices and a system of lax oversight were revealed and caused concern among the public, and I would like to apologise for this," Park said at a cabinet meeting.

Park's father, Park Chung Hee, was assassinated in 1979 by the disgruntled head of the agency's precursor at the peak of a power struggle that involved the late president's close aides.

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