At the Chosun Ilbo, Rep. Lee Seok-ki must be the gift that keeps on giving. On today’s front page, the Chosun reports that in exclusively obtained additional transcripts, they’ve got Rep. Lee saying that not only were North Korean nukes not a problem, they were the pride of the Korean people.
He also said North Korea’s missile launches were justified, and that North Korea’s nullifying of the Korean War armistice represented a “revolutionary opportunity.” Or so it is alleged.
And people wonder why it seems some of these guys don’t recognize the legitimacy of the ROK.
The informant that had been working with the NIS appears to have been identified, too, reports the Hankyoreh and others. He’s a 46-year-old party member in Suwon who ran a billiards hall and was the head of a environmentally friendly school lunch support center. He’s been nowhere to be found since the story broke—he resigned his center position, sold his billiards hall, and his apartment is empty. His wife told the neighbors they were moving to New Zealand so their kids could go to school there.
The Chosun says the guy became disillusioned after the North Koreans sank the ROKS Cheonan in 2010 and had grown disappointed with the “Revolutionary Organization”‘s blind following of North Korea. The UPP, on the other hand, says the NIS bought him off to conduct illegal surveillance of their party. They also suggest he had gambling debts.
At any rate, the government has submitted a motion to the National Assembly to allow it to arrest Rep. Lee. It will be interesting to see how the Democratic Party plays this.