At a press conference this morning, UPP chairwoman Lee Jung-hee denied that members of her party were conspiring to launch an armed insurrection, explaining that while two of the 130 or so folk at May 12 meeting may have mentioned getting guns and destroying facilities, they were only joking. And since the other folk at the meeting laughed it off or expressed opposition, we can’t say anything was agreed upon.
Oh, and the only thing participants did after the meeting was conduct an anti-war campaign, she said. No guns were looted or communication facilities destroyed.
What’s interesting about this is that it now seems the UPP—which first claimed the NIS was making everything up—is now acknowledging that, ahem, things might have been said on tape, but that those things are being taken out of context and/or don’t constitute a conspiracy to commit armed rebellion. The Chosun Ilbo did manage to get two interesting quotes-. The first was by a Democratic Party lawmaker who told the paper that the UPP was using “even lies as weapons” like they did last year when the whole UPP election scandal broke. The other was by a progressive figure who said all the rational progressives left the UPP when the party split; all that’s left are the hard-core Juche-ites. What they are doing now is meant for them alone.
The Chosun also reports that investigators believe most of the Juche materials used in Revolutionary Organization training came from North Korea. In particular, two key RO figures had for the last couple of years been corresponding with a suspected operative in the United States. This America-based operative served as a liaison between them and a businessman in China believed to be a North Korean operative. The NIS has found about 30—40 Google Gmail accounts RO members used to contact overseas members.