U.S. Intelligence Director Visits South Korea

After attending the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Intelligence Summit in Japan, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes visited South Korea’s Defense Intelligence Headquarters on May 13 to discuss with South Korean sources on matters such as sharing intelligence on North Korea and to visit the inter-Korean border.

According to a South Korean government source cited by Yonhap News Agency on May 13, Haynes went to the Joint Staff Headquarters building of the Ministry of Defense in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, that afternoon and met with Defense Intelligence Minister Lee Young-chul (phonetic) and other intelligence officials. It is reported that the two sides exchanged views on options to ensure smooth intelligence sharing channels with North Korea, and the U.S. side also expressed concern about South Korea’s ability to collect artificial intelligence (HUMINT) on North Korea.

U.S. National Intelligence Director Haynes visited the inter-Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the joint security area (JSA) at Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border, this morning, May 13.

Previously, on May 11, in Japan, U.S. National Intelligence Director Haynes, Japanese Cabinet Intelligence Officer Hiroaki Takizawa, and South Korean National Intelligence Service President Park Ji-won held a “U.S.-Japan-South Korea” intelligence summit. However, the contents of the discussions were not disclosed after the summit.