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NKorean’s Sentence in South Upheld

April 10, 1998

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a 12-year sentence for a man caught spying for North Korea.

Chung Su Il, using the name Mohamad Ali Kanso, became a professor of history at a Seoul university in 1990. He was caught in 1996 at a Seoul hotel while sending a fax to North Korea.

Chung, 62, has admitted in court that he was a North Korean sent to spy on South Korea in 1984.

The discovery of a long-term spy shocked South Korea, raising questions about the effectiveness of its security.

The two Koreas are technically still at war, having signed only a cease-fire at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.