Tuesday, May 19, 2009

North Korea executes their ex-point man on South Korea

Choe Sung-chol, the chief deputy director of North Korea’s Workers' Party apparatus that dealt with the communist state's relations with the South, was executed last year for supposed corruption, Yonhap news agency reports.

South Korea's Unification Ministry was not able to confirm the report that North Korea had executed a key official who handled relations with Seoul, who was apparently made a scapegoat after ties between the rival states chilled.

The Yonhap report quoted a source familiar with the North, who said the real intention was to punish him for pushing a soft-line with the South. North Korea has threatened war with South Korea in anger over the tough policies of President Lee, calling him a "traitor to the nation."

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