The state auditor has launched a preliminary probe into four government agencies that have played key roles in the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
On Tuesday the Board of Audit and Inspection began looking into the maritime ministry, the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, the Korea Coast Guard and the Korea Maritime and Port Administration.
Auditors will be looking into whether the agencies took appropriate measures in dealing with Korea's worst maritime disaster in decades.
The preliminary inspection will look into how the agencies managed the safety inspections of ships.
It will also review points made by experts and the media about the government response.
Although the preliminary probe is supposed to mainly include a review of documents sent by the agencies being inspected, the audit board has also dispatched officials to collect additional information.
The move is a prelude to an intensive audit planned for next month on the four agencies and their handling of the Sewol-ho disaster.
To more effectively deal with future crises, President Park Geun-hye announced Tuesday that a new safety ministry would be launched under the purview of the prime minister's office.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.