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N. Korean Web site threatens highest-ranking defector from Pyongyang

All Headlines 17:51 April 05, 2010

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean Web site threatened the life of a high-ranking defector Monday for criticizing his former country during his trips abroad.

Hwang Jang-yop, who had served as secretary of the ruling Workers' Party and chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly before defecting to South Korea in 1997, has been traveling in the U.S. and Japan since late last month, calling for "ideological warfare" against the communist North.

Uriminzokkiri, the official Web site of a North Korean reunification organ, said the 88-year-old is "an ugly traitor" and warned he "will never be safe."

Hwang, the highest-ranking defector from Pyongyang, rarely discloses his whereabouts for fear of his security and lives under the protection of South Korean police.

He arrived in Japan on Sunday to possibly attend public forums on the abduction of Japanese nationals and others by the North decades ago.

According to a Japanese newspaper on Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il described Hwang as "worse than a dog" following his defection.

A South Korean man was sentenced to jail in 2006 for making a death threat against Hwang.


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