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09/13/2010

U.S. and South Korea to enhance cooperation and collaboration

SEOUL - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the South Korea Supreme Prosecution Service (SPS) signed a memorandum of understanding Monday that strengthens the investigative cooperation between both countries.

ICE Director John Morton and South Korea Prosecutor General Joon Gyu Kim signed the accord during a formal signing ceremony in Seoul.

Under the agreement, South Korea's SPS and ICE's Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have agreed to increase their cooperation and collaboration to investigate issues that include counter-proliferation, intellectual property rights, cyber crime, money laundering and human trafficking and smuggling.

"The agreement signed today will strengthen the joint investigative capabilities of the United States and the Republic of Korea," said ICE Director Morton. "I would like to thank Prosecutor General Joon Gyu Kim for his commitment to enhancing the close relationship that our two countries have."

The ICE Office of International Affairs is responsible for enhancing national security by conducting and coordinating international investigations. With agents in over 64 locations around the world, the ICE Office of International Affairs represents DHS' broadest footprint beyond our borders. ICE attaché offices work with foreign counterparts to identify and combat transnational criminal organizations before they threaten the United States.