The NIS has played an important role in assessing the state of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and supporting President Moon Jae-in’s campaign to coax North Korea and the United States to reach an agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and end the Korean war.
The agency has also been embroiled in South Korean politics, with allegations that the intelligence service interfered in the 2017 presidential election on behalf of a conservative candidate.
The NIS has a variety of functions including:
- collection, coordination and distribution of South Korea’s strategy and security;
- the investigation of crimes related to national security:
- maintenance of materials, documents and facilities related to the nation’s classified information;
- and the planning and coordination of classified and public information.
The NIS director is Suh Hoon. The agency’s budget is classified.
NIS in the news:
- South Korea’s NIS Shoots Down NY Times Story of North Korean ‘Deception’ (November 16, 2018)
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