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Parliamentary hearing for spy chief-nominee set for May 29

By a2017001
  • Published : May 17, 2017 - 10:20
  • Updated : May 17, 2017 - 15:06

The National Assembly on Wednesday decided to hold a confirmation hearing for National Intelligence Service chief-nominee Suh Hoon later this month, parliamentary officials said.

The parliament's intelligence committee plans to hold the hearing on May 29 and adopt a report on its outcome the following day, the officials said.

This image shows National Intelligence Service chief-nominee Suh Hoon. (Yonhap)

The appointment of a new spy chief does not require parliamentary approval.

President Moon Jae-in tapped Suh, known for his extensive experience in dealing with North Korea, as his first spy chief last Wednesday, in a move that observers say underscores his resolve to improve cross-border relations.

Suh, 63, played a key role in preparing for the landmark inter-Korean summits held in June 2000 and October 2007. He joined the spy agency in 1980 and served as a deputy NIS director from 2006-2008. (Yonhap)