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S. Korean spy agency to regularly brief security ministries on N. Korea

2018/01/08 15:23

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SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's spy agency said Monday it will share intelligence on North Korea with security-related ministries through regular briefings.

The briefings will be given every month to the ministries of unification, foreign affairs and national defense for more consistent and effective policymaking, it said.

"Today, the NIS gave the first of its regular briefings to Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Defense Minister Song Young-moo," the NIS said.

Additional briefings will be arranged in the event of emergency issues as the NIS seeks to better inform the ministries on the internal and external affairs of North Korea, as well as provide updates on the regime's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, it said.

The decision "is intended to step up the utility of North Korea intelligence and strengthen intragovernmental cooperation to deal more effectively with North Korean issues," according to the NIS.

In its recent reformation, the NIS removed internal functions to gather intelligence on domestic issues and intensified its workforce on North Korea and terrorism intelligence gathering. The spy agency had long been suspected of meddling in local politics.

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