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South Korea sex scandal diplomats to be disciplined

South Korea is to discipline 10 current and former diplomats at its consulate in Shanghai, in connection with a sex scandal involving a Chinese woman.

The government investigation found that some staff had "inappropriate relationships" with her.

The staff had issued visas to some Chinese citizens without properly checking applications.

The series of affairs came to light after a tip-off from a South Korean businessman, married to the woman.

Media reports suggested that state secrets had been sold for sex with this woman, suspected of being a professional spy.

The South Korean government has investigated the allegations and concluded that this was not a case of espionage.

However, a number of its staff at the Shanghai consulate were having inappropriate relationships with her.

South Korean visas were issued to Chinese people without the right checks being done.

And documents with the phone numbers of high-ranking South Korean officials were leaked.

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