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Singer faces inquiry over hailing N.K. rocket launch



A popular singer renowned for his liberal political views faces an inquiry over his writing that congratulated North Korea on its rocket launch, widely believed to be a long-range missile test, in April.

Prosecutors will summon rocker Shin Hae-chul this week acting on a conservative civic group's complaint.

"I, as one of the Korean people, congratulate the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on its legal launch of a rocket," the singer wrote on his webpage last April.


Conservative civic groups charged Shin with openly praising the North Korean regime and thus breaching the National Security Law.

"Shin, being an influential public figure, should be held responsible for confusing people by posting his arbitrary political opinions on cyber space," said a civic group official.

Source: The Korea Herald
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