SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors say they’ve indicted a left-wing lawmaker on charges he was plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion to overthrow the government.
Senior prosecutor Kim Soo-Nam told a news conference Thursday that Lee Seok-ki was 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 specifically brought up possible targets to attack, such as a telecommunication facility in Seoul.
Kim says Lee believed high tension between the two Koreas this spring would lead to war.
Three of Lee’s colleagues have also been indicted.
Lee has argued the charges were fabricated to divert criticism from allegations that the national spy agency smeared the main opposition candidate in the last election.