South Korea’s top intelligence officials resign

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol accepted the resignation of head of the intelligence agency and his two deputies on Sunday, his office said.

Yoon’s office did not specify any reasons for the resignations. But local media have reported there were troubles during previous personnel reshuffles at the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

Kim Kyou-hyun, a veteran diplomat with expertise in U.S. and North Korea affairs, had overseen the NIS since Yoon took office in May 2022.

Yoon appointed two senior NIS officials to take over the deputy positions immediately, his office said. He has yet to nominate the next director, subject to a parliamentary confirmation hearing.

“Director Kim worked to reestablish the status of the NIS as the nation’s top security intelligence agency during a government change, and build a collaboration system with intelligence agencies of friendly countries,” Yoon’s office said in a statement.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by William Mallard)