N.Korean Nuke Developer Dies

Jon Pyong-ho Jon Pyong-ho

The former North Korean Workers Party secretary who reportedly played a key role in North Korea's nuclear development has died, the state-run [North] Korean Central News Agency reported on Wednesday.

Jon Pyong-ho, an Army general, died of a sudden stroke at 7 p.m. Monday aged 88, KCNA said. It added that Jon made "special contributions" to turning the North into "a nuclear state."

Jon played a central role in the North's munitions industry since 1970s.

He will be given a state funeral. Kim Yang-gon, director of the Workers Party's United Front Department who was rumored to have been fired, is listed on the committee organizing the funeral.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 10, 2014 11:20 KST