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SUWON, South Korea, March 12 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded prison terms of up to seven years for two South Koreans charged with spying for North Korea.
The suspects, identified as a 59-year-old man surnamed Jang and a 58-year-old woman surnamed Yu, were accused of voluntarily receiving spy training from a North Korean agent in China and handing over military secrets.
Prosecutors requested seven years in prison for Jang and four years for Yu.
"Severe punishment is necessary because (the suspects) voluntarily handed over military secrets to a North Korean spy but deny the crime and do not repent," a senior prosecutor said during a hearing at the Suwon District Court in Suwon, just south of Seoul.
According to the prosecutors, the suspects traveled to the Chinese city of Dandong in 2007 to meet a North Korean spy and have since passed on various military secrets, including data from a surveillance camera installed at a South Korean military guard post on the east coast close to the border with North Korea.
The prosecutors also said that during more than 30 visits to China until last year, the suspects received ideological training from the North Korean spy and wrote an oath pledging allegiance to the North's former leader Kim Jong-il.
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