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Highest-ranking N. Korean defector Hwang Jang-yop found dead: police

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Hwang Jang-yop

Hwang Jang-yop, the highest-ranking North Korean ever to defect to South Korea, was found dead at his home Sunday, police said, adding no attack is suspected in his death.

Police said the 87-year-old Hwang appears to have died of old age, saying there was no signs of a break-in at his home in Seoul where a security guard was staying together with him.

Police said they will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

Hwang defected to South Korea in 1997 after serving in a series of high-level posts in North Korea, including the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Pyongyang's rubber-stamp legislature.

He is also known as the main architect of the North's "juche" or self-reliance ideology, and was said to have tutored North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

Since his defection, however, Hwang has been a vocal critic of his former communist homeland.
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경찰, 사인규명 위해 부검키로…외부침입 흔적 없어
정부소식통 `타살 가능성 없어`


황장엽(87) 전 북한 노동당 비서가 10일 오전 9시30분께 서울 강남구 논현1동 자택에서 숨진 채 발견됐다.

경찰과 정부 소식통에 따르면 이날 좌욕을 하러 화장실에 들어간 황씨가 오랫동안 나오지 않아 보안요원이 들어가 보니 황씨가 숨져 있었다.

황씨는 국정원 요원에 의해 특급 경호를 받아왔으며 이날 외부 침입 흔적은 없었던 것으로 알려졌다.

경찰은 황씨가 평소 지병이 없었고 별다른 사인이 없는 것으로 미뤄 심장마비 등으로 숨졌을 것으로 보고 정확한 사인 파악을 위해 부검을 할 계획이다.

황씨의 시신은 현재 경찰병원으로 옮겨진 상태다.

한 정부 소식통은 "황씨가 매일 오전 5~7시에 좌욕을 해왔다"며 "사인은 현재 심장마비로 추정하고 있다"고 말했다.

다른 정부 소식통도 "타살 가능성은 전혀 없다"고 말했다.


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