It is known amongst educated Koreans that the Democratic Labour Party is controlled by North Korean agents and has operated in this way for some time now. Recent admissions by former lawmaker Cho Seung-soo, who still belongs to the party, have only reinforced that perception. He had this to say:
“I’m seriously wondering whether to keep my party membership if the DLP won’t sever ties with pro-North Korean members after the party's crushing defeat in the presidential election,”
Cho said the national liberation front faction (the pro-North Korean portion of the party) made no bones about using illegal means to assume the reins. He went on to say,
“The faction has treated the DLP not as a political party but as a front squad for struggle within the National Assembly. They have managed and executed budgets as if it was not a political party but a private organization. Many party members can no longer put up with their behavior.”
Until recently, the Korean teachers union was also heavily influenced by North Korean agents and sympathizers. From the looks of it, and from what many folks tell me at my school, this has changed considerably in the last 10 years. All of the teachers I spoke with at my school were explicitly pro-Lee Myung-buk this previous election. Not something many communists would commit to.
One can only hope that since the previous leftist government has been thrown out, we will see a more principled stand against the North, and not the ridiculous Sunshine policy that has only prolonged the cruelty of the Kim family.