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(LEAD) Conservative group to release list of pro-N.K. activists

All Headlines 17:16 November 26, 2009

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SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul-based conservative group will release a list of South Koreans it alleges are pro-North Korean activists early next year, it said Thursday.

"We will unveil the list of 100 pro-North Korean activists who are playing a major role in political, religious and academic communities," said Koh Young-joo, head of the Committee for the Normalization of the State, at a press conference in downtown Seoul.

He said that the 100 people will include 10 from the political circle, seven from government offices, 30 from labor, 20 from academia and 10 from the religious community.

Koh said his organization will publish the list in March next year and release the second edition of the book in late 2010, which will include a total of 200 pro-Pyongyang activists.

Incumbent lawmakers, professors and judges who have praised or supported North Korean ideology or propaganda will be included on the list, the organization said.

It said that the listed figures will be chosen from those who demanded the withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea and the abolition of the anti-communist National Security Law.

But former liberal South Korean presidents will be excluded from the list, it added.

brk@yna.co.kr
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