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N. Korean Defector to Leave, Report Says

March 09, 1997|From Times Wire Reports

A North Korean defector who has been in South Korea's consulate in Beijing since last month will soon be allowed to go to South Korea via a third country, a Japanese newspaper reported. The Nihon Keizai Shimbun quoted unidentified diplomatic sources as saying South Korea and China have reached an agreement to permit Hwang Jang Yop--a former teacher of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and the highest-ranking official ever to defect from North Korea to the South--to leave China on condition that he go to a country other than the United States.

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