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North Korea Must Apologize and Prosecute Those Who Tried to Murder Hwang Jang Yop

April 21, 2010

Two spies who were ordered to assassinate Hwang Jang Yop, chairperson of the North Korea Democratization Committee, were imprisoned on Tuesday. Kim Young Chul, chief of General Directorate of Surveillance of the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, reportedly ordered them to ‘cut Hwang’s throat.’ So far, there have been numerous terror threats against Chairperson Hwang by North Korea, but we are astonished by their attempt and method to murder Hwang by sending spies.

Early this month, Mr. Hwang mentioned about North Korea’s ‘crisis’ when visiting the US and Japan, and North Korea responded by threatening that Hwang ‘will never be safe’ through its online propaganda site. The website cursed Hwang as ‘ugly traitor, senile lunatic.’ And, behind the scenes, they took steps to assassinate Hwang.

Kim Jong Il regime murdered Kim’s nephew-in-law, Lee Han Young, on February 15, 1997, right after Hwang’s defection to South Korea. Kim Jong Il used such cruel method to revenge Lee for leaking his secret private life. We deem North Korea tried to assassinate Hwang as part of its recent anti-South Korea policy. Also, many South Koreans suspect this is not wholly unrelated to the Cheonan incident.

As the assassination plan is revealed, North Korea must punish those who are involved and apologize. And South Korean government must maintain strong stance toward the inter-Korean relations unless there is certain response from North Korean authorities. South Korean government should take this incident as chance to punish North Korea’s duplicity.

Fortunately, previous South Korean administrations have repeatedly failed to find evidence of terror plot against Hwang, but now, the intelligence authorities caught the attempt and prevented the danger in advance. South Korean government should also pay intensive attention to security of Hwang.

April 21, 2010
The Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights

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