SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won vowed Monday to clear up allegations over the spy agency' s political intervention ahead of last year's presidential election, seeking to quell backlashes from opposition lawmakers.
"The government will get to the bottom of the series of allegations, including online postings by the National Intelligence Service," Chung said in a statement, expressing regrets over the longstanding wrangling among rival parties over the alleged NIS agents' election meddling.
Some intelligence agents were ordered by their chief to post negative comments online against main opposition presidential candidate Moon Jae-in ahead of the December 2012 presidential election, according to the two-month-long investigation results by prosecutors in June.
During the parliamentary audit session that will run through Nov. 2, a high-ranking prosecutor who formerly led the special investigative team for the spy agency scandal told lawmakers that the team was pressured to reduce their investigation.
Four members at the military's Cyber Warfare Command admitted to posting political writings in their blogs and Twitter accounts to express personal opinions against the opposition party presidential candidate ahead of last year's presidential election, according to the Defense Ministry's internal probe.
Chung said that the government will take necessary steps upon the judicial decision and the investigation results, urging people and opposition lawmakers to wait and see the results. The prime minister noted that if confusions continue while the trials and investigations are under way, it would not help the economy.
Following Chung's statement, Democratic Party spokeswoman told reporters that the ongoing political deadlock stemmed from illegal election meddling carried out jointly by the spy agency, the defense ministry and the police, dismissing Chung's comments as easygoing understanding of situations.
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