Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea’s spy agency, who also served twice as prime minister, has died. He was 92. Kim was declared dead on arrival at Seoul’s Soonchunhyang University Hospital today. A hospital official described the cause of death as age-related complications.
A retired lieutenant colonel, Kim was a key member of a 1961 coup that put army, Maj. Gen. Park Chung-hee in power until his 1979 assassination. After Park seized power, Kim created and headed the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, a predecessor of the current National Intelligence Service. He served as Prime Minister from 1971-to 1975 and 1998 to 2000.