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October 28, 2003 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
In 1997, a septuagenarian North Korean academic on a business trip to Beijing told his minders that he was going out to buy a birthday present for his country's leader, Kim Jong Il. Instead, he caught a taxi and headed straight for the South Korean Embassy, becoming the highest-ranking North Korean to defect. Hwang Jang Yop, now 80, has lived in South Korea since, heading his own think tank and prolifically churning out tomes denouncing the Communist regime to the north.
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October 28, 2003 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
In 1997, a septuagenarian North Korean academic on a business trip to Beijing told his minders that he was going out to buy a birthday present for his country's leader, Kim Jong Il. Instead, he caught a taxi and headed straight for the South Korean Embassy, becoming the highest-ranking North Korean to defect. Hwang Jang Yop, now 80, has lived in South Korea since, heading his own think tank and prolifically churning out tomes denouncing the Communist regime to the north.
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