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Former South Korean PM Kim Jong-pil dies at 92

Kim created and headed the Korean Central Intelligence Agency before serving as Army Major General Park Chung-hee's prime minister.  

Reported by: AP , Seoul [ Published on: June 23, 2018 7:30 IST ]

South Korea's former prime minister and founder of the country's spy agency Kim Jong-pil dies. (File Photo)

South Korea's former prime minister and founder of the country's spy agency Kim Jong-pil has died. He was 92.

An official from Seoul's Soonchunhyang University Hospital said on Saturday that Kim died of age-related complications.

Kim was a key member of a 1961 coup that put army Major General Park Chung-hee in power until his 1979 assassination.

Kim created and headed the Korean Central Intelligence Agency before serving as Park's prime minister.

A government panel said in 2007 that KCIA agents kidnapped then-opposition leader Kim Dae-jung from Tokyo in 1973. After Kim Dae-jung became president in 1998, Kim Jong-pil worked as his prime minister under a power-sharing plan.

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