North Korean official in charge of ties with South dies
A top North Korean official in charge of ties with South Korea and reunification has been killed in a traffic accident, Pyongyang’s state media said on Wednesday.
“Comrade Kim Yang-Gon, a Workers’ Party secretary and member of the party Central Committee Politbureau... died in a traffic accident at 6:15 am Tuesday at age 73,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
KCNA said leader Kim Jong-Un would head an 80-member state funeral for Kim on Thursday.
A career party diplomat, Kim has been known as a key confidante to the leader in the Stalinist state, advising him on inter-Korean relations and more recently on international relations in general.
He played a leading role in realising the 2007 summit between the then leader Kim Jong-Il and South Korean president Roh Moo-Hyun.