Sex scandal row not a case of espionage: South Korea
Beijing: The South Korean government has
said that a recent sex scandal involving officials of its
consulate in Shanghai was not a case of espionage but a "lack
of discipline" among the diplomats.
"Our probe showed it was a simple sex scandal caused
by a lack of discipline among Korean diplomats. It's not an
espionage case," Kim Seok-min, an official at the South Korean
prime minister's office in Seoul was quoted as saying by the
Beijing-based Global Times today.
Admitting that the officials concerned leaked a lot of
information to a Chinese woman involved in the scandal, the
office of South Korean Prime Minister said none of the
released information concerned national secrets.
Officials at the South Korean counsel-general office
met the woman, Deng Xinming, 33, when she sought their help on
visa and other issues. They leaked several classified
information to Deng.
"The leaked information involved several major fields
and 19 items, but not information related to national secrets
or violated judicial measures," Kim said.
But South Korea has not revealed when and how
information concerning 200 senior government officials and
lawmakers in Seoul held by Kim Jeong-kee, the former general
counsel in Shanghai, was leaked to Deng, the Daily said.
The officials involved in the sex scandal will be
punished, Kim said.
The counsel-general official in Shanghai has taken new
measures to prevent reoccurrence of such scandal, the Global
Times said quoting an official.