SEOUL, South Korea's Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do-hyun will likely get disciplined for his alleged abuse of power and other misconduct, a government source said Thursday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs carried out a formal audit of the country's embassy in Hanoi last month and received multiple tip-offs about Kim's inappropriate behavior.
It has been reviewing the results of the audit.
"A relevant process is at the stage of near-completion," the source told Yonhap News Agency. "Referring Kim's case to the Central Disciplinary Committee is being considered. A conclusion is expected no later than next week."
It suggests that the ministry has confirmed at least some of the allegations involving Kim.
The envoy is accused of treating embassy officials in an arrogant and authoritarian manner, a practice called "gapjil" in Korean.
Kim has already been the subject of controversy over his work style, viewed by critics as unorthodox or eccentric for a senior diplomat.
A civil servant can face punishments ranging from verbal warnings to dismissal following a decision by the government panel.
Kim, 53, was appointed to the post in April last year, having served as a Samsung Electronics Co. executive responsible for smartphone sales in Europe. He earlier served at the ministry.
Source: Yonhap news Agency