N.Korean Nuke Developer Dies

      July 10, 2014 11:20

      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.

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