National Intelligence Service Warns Korea is Potential Target for IS Terror Attack

kpride, Oct. 10, 2014, 9:49 a.m.

The National Intelligence Service believes Korea is a potential target of terrorist attacks by Islamic State, the group now controlling vast swathes of Iraq and Syria, and has called on the government to deal with the threat.

An NIS official said on Thursday, "We cannot rule out that IS or other groups supporting it could target this country since it's cooperating with the U.S.' anti-terrorism efforts." 

The NIS has sent memos to Cheong Wa Dae, the foreign, justice and defense ministries and the police, urging them to flag any suspicious signs or activities.  The spy agency also called for tighter security at domestic air terminals and sea ports, U.S. and European diplomatic missions, and military installations. 

The government plans to step up checks on foreign travelers entering Korea from Middle Eastern and African countries where IS is active, while ensuring the safety of Korean citizens traveling to or living in those regions.  Meanwhile, the NIS has refused to confirm press reports that Korean nationals have joined IS.

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