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South Korea’s intelligence agency considered asking a Japanese crime syndicate to kill Kim Dae Jung before the prodemocracy opposition leader, who later became president, was abducted from a Tokyo hotel in 1973, a South Korean government source said Saturday, quoting a former member of the agency.

The testimony by the former member of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, the precursor of the National Intelligence Service, was made before an NIS committee set up “to look into affairs of the past.” The member said a plan to ask a yakuza group to kill Kim was considered but rejected by the KCIA. The name of the group was not mentioned.

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