Yoon taps ex-deputy NSA for spy chief

이해아 / 2022-05-11 14:34:59
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▲ Kim Kyou-hyun (Yonhap)

Yoon-spy chief

Yoon taps ex-deputy NSA for spy chief

SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk-yeol on Wednesday tapped Kim Kyou-hyun, a former deputy national security adviser and career diplomat, for his first spy chief, his office said.

Kim was named director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), while Kweon Chun-taek, a former NIS official and diplomat, was chosen as his deputy.

Kim entered the foreign service in 1980 and worked in various posts dealing with the United States before being appointed first vice foreign minister and first deputy national security adviser, and then doubling as senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs and second deputy national security adviser under former President Park Geun-hye.

He was investigated by prosecutors for allegedly doctoring documents on Cheong Wa Dae's response to a deadly ferry sinking in 2014 but was not punished.

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