Jefferson Morley | November 8, 2018
South Korea: National Intelligence Service (NIS)
NIS in the News
- “South Korea Spy Chief May Soon Visit North Korea” (March 7, 2019)
- “South Korea’s Intelligence Service Has a Different Way of Doing Things” (December 5, 2018)
- “After CIA Visit, South Korea’s Intel Chief Expects Another Summit” (November 26, 2018)
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 NIS has become embroiled in South Korean politics, with allegations that the intelligence service interfered in the 2017 presidential election. 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.
NIS as played an important role in assessing the state of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. The director is Suh Hoon. The NIS budget is classified.