For more on the political ramifications of the passage of the arrest motion for leftist lawmaker Lee Seok-ki, of the minor opposition Unified Progressive Party we bring in Dr. Kim Ji-yoon , Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in the studio.
Good to be here.
With this latest case some international viewers may be surprised to know of pro-North Korea elements here in South Korea. How widespread is this movement and what are its origins?
While the ruling Saenuri Party has been calling on the opposition Democratic Party to take responsibility for supporting its former leftist ally UPP to take up seats at the National Assembly the DP has been trying to distance itself from its former leftist ally the Unifed Progressive Party in fear of a negative fallout. Not a good situation for them.
Detractors have alleged this scandal was designed to take away attention from the scandal involving spy agency alleged meddling in last year's presidential election. Are both sides trying to win in a public forum for the October's election?
Does Lee Seok-ki represent a significant turning point for Korea? What do you think will be the long-term effects of this case?
Thank you so much for joining us tonight and sharing your insights.
Great to be here.