Death Plot Uncovered: N. Korean Spies Try To Kill Defector
April 21, 2010
Hwang Jang-yop was one of the highest officials under North Korea’s leader, but fled the Communist nation 13-years-ago, leading to an outraged call for the return and punishment of the former chief of juche philosophy.
Jang-op lives with 24-hour police protecting in South Korea, and has since arriving there.
Officers arrested two men believed to be spies sent by the North Korean government, dressed as refugees to sneak past detection.
They had been posing as defectors fleeing the regime, and were picked up for questioning, which is when the plot was discovered.
They have been identified as Kim Myong Ho and Dong Myong Kwan, one of which attempted suicide while in custody, but was mostly unhurt.
The two men are facing execution.
This most recent action has further strained relations that are already under increased tension after the unexplained sinking of a South Korean ship near the North’s borders, which some speculate was a blown up under direct orders of Pyongyang.