Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

South Korea Foils North's Plot to Murder Defector

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

South Korea Foils North's Plot to Murder Defector

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Byline: Hyung-Jin Kim Associated Press

TWO North Koreans who posed as defectors to South Korea and plotted to assassinate the most senior North Korean official to defect to Seoul were arrested today.

Hwang Jang Yop, a former senior member of the North's ruling Worker Party who once advised leader Kim Jong Il, defected to the South in 1997. He has written books and given lectures condemning Kim's regime as totalitarian and now lives under tight secrecy in South Korea.

Seoul prosecutors arrested two North Korean army majors for entering South Korea by posing as ordinary defectors but with an alleged mission to kill 87-year-old Hwang, according to the prosecutors' office.

The two, both 36, confessed that their military boss ordered them to report about Hwang's activities in South Korea and be ready to "slit the betrayer's throat", said a senior prosecutor.

Kim Myong Ho and Dong Myong Kwan entered South Korea in January and February via Thailand. …

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