NIS 'Secretly Contacted N.Korea Over Cheonan'

      November 16, 2010 12:14

      The National Intelligence Service secretly contacted North Korea in late September or early October and told the North to admit it sank the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan but the North angrily denied the charge, it emerged on Monday.

      A government source said an NIS official contacted North Korea "and delivered our position on the Cheonan issue. But the contact ended in vain as North Korea continued to repeat that it did not do it."

      In a parliamentary audit of NIS on Oct. 28, NIS Director Won Sei-hoon said, "A working-level or individual-level approach, such as tourism, is unlikely to bring about changes in inter-Korean relations. We need something in a broader framework." The remark seems to have been prompted by this unsuccessful secret contact.

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