January 18, 2022

South Korea’s intelligence agency loses power to investigate North Korea ties

A new law passed on Sunday will transfer investigative power to the country’s national police

South Korean lawmakers passed a bill to stop the country’s spy agency from investigating domestic activities related to North Korea on Sunday, instead transferring that power to the national police.

The new law means that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) will no longer be able to conduct anti-communist investigations as of 2024. In the past, these investigations included those that looked into people’s alleged and illegal ties to North Korea.