By Lee Haye-ah
SEOUL, 24 Feb. (Yonhap) — President Yoon Suk Yeol visited the headquarters of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) on Friday and called on the agency to demonstrate its ability to “neutralize” miscalculations and provocations by the northern regime. “Korean,” his office said.
Yoon made the remark while receiving a political briefing in 2023 from NIS Director Kim Kyou-hyun and other senior agency officials.
“The reality of the security situation on the divided Korean Peninsula is grave and uncertainty in international affairs is growing,” he said. “I would like you to demonstrate your ability to neutralize the North Korean regime’s miscalculations and provocations, and boldly compete in the global information war.”
Yoon was briefed on all of the NIS’s work, including on intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism and cybersecurity operations overseas and in North Korea, and urged the agency to fully fulfill its role as the main state intelligence agency responsible for defending the national security and freedom of the people. , said his office.
“The raison d’être of the organization called the National Intelligence Service – in other words, its fundamental duty – is to defend our freedom,” he said, adding that its employees must have a different attitude towards -to their work than other civilians. servants. .
“Just as a great levee collapses from a small ant tunnel, we must not allow the slightest crack in the defense of national security,” he said.
Yoon urged the SNE to work closely with the private and public sectors and the military to strengthen their cyber capabilities and actively apply advanced technologies to analyze North Korean, foreign and counterintelligence intelligence. .
“There must be endless research, education and training to collect scientific information and do effective work,” he said. “Only then will the competitiveness of the NIS be enhanced, and when it becomes a competent and strong intelligence agency, it will be possible to have in-depth cooperation with our allies and partner countries.”
Yoon also quoted Gina Haspel, the first woman to be named director of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency in 2018, as saying her life as an intelligence officer was not just a “career” but a “calling “.
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