South Korean lawmaker charged with plot to overthrow government

Lee Seok-ki discussed launching attacks on South Korean targets if war broke out with North, claims senior prosecutor

South Korean prosecutors have charged a leftwing lawmaker with plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion to overthrow the government.

Senior prosecutor Kim Soo-nam told a news conference on Thursday that Lee Seok-ki had been charged with discussing launching strikes on national infrastructure in South Korea with his colleagues in May in the event of a war with North Korea.

Kim says Lee and his colleagues identified possible targets, such as a telecommunications facility in Seoul.

Kim says Lee believed tensions between the two Koreas earlier this year would lead to war. Three of Lee’s colleagues have also been indicted.

Lee argues that the charges were fabricated to divert criticism from allegations that the national spy agency smeared the main opposition candidate in the last election. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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