SOUTH KOREAN INTELLIGENCE PROBES OPPOSITION PARTY

Wall Street Journal on August 29, 2013, reported that South Korea’s spy agency continued with its second day of raids on members of a minor opposition party, in an expanding probe into allegations they sought to topple President Park Geun-hye’s government.

The United Progressive Party, which holds six of the 298 seats in the country’s parliament, has repeatedly denied the charges. …three UPP members were arrested and state prosecutors say they imposed an overseas travel ban on 14 party members. South Korea’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, raided the offices and homes of 10 UPP officials Wednesday.

The spy agency declined to comment. South Korean media, citing unnamed investigators, said the UPP members were accused of plotting to storm firearms stations to secure weapons, destroy oil-storage and communications facilities, and assassinate unspecified figures while praising North Korea–an act still banned by Seoul’s security law.

Opposition parties are pressing Ms. Park to reform or even dismantle the NIS. Ms. Park, who took office in February, has shrugged off such calls, which has angered the opposition.

South Korea hasn’t recently seen arrests over plots to overthrow the government.

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