N.Korea Quick to Report Roh's Death

      May 25, 2009 10:49

      North Korea's official KCNA news agency on Sunday published a terse notice of the death of former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun, only a day after he killed himself. "According to a news report, former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun died on the morning of May 23," it said, adding that domestic and foreign media outlets linked the "motive of his death with the mental burden caused by the intensive investigation of the prosecution" concerning a corruption scandal. It did not mention how he died.

      A South Korean government official commented, "Though brief, they carried a report on Roh's death just a day after he died. That is unprecedentedly fast. They must have taken into account that the late president held a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2007 and they signed the October 4, 2007 Summit Declaration."

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