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November 8, 2010
JO MYONG ROK Top N. Korean military official Jo Myong Rok, 82, a top North Korean military official and longtime confidant of leader Kim Jong Il who traveled to Washington in 2000 on a then-unprecedented mission, died Saturdayof heart disease, the official Korean Central News Agency reported. Jo was vice marshal of the Korean People's Army and held the No. 2 post on the powerful National Defense Commission behind Kim. He visited Washington in October 2000 as Kim's special envoy, meeting with then- President Clinton.
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November 8, 2010
JO MYONG ROK Top N. Korean military official Jo Myong Rok, 82, a top North Korean military official and longtime confidant of leader Kim Jong Il who traveled to Washington in 2000 on a then-unprecedented mission, died Saturdayof heart disease, the official Korean Central News Agency reported. Jo was vice marshal of the Korean People's Army and held the No. 2 post on the powerful National Defense Commission behind Kim. He visited Washington in October 2000 as Kim's special envoy, meeting with then- President Clinton.
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October 11, 2000 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton, breaking new ground in relations between the United States and one of its last remaining communist adversaries, met Tuesday with a special emissary from North Korea's supreme leader. The visit to the White House of Jo Myong Rok, first vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, is the highest-level meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials since an armistice brought fighting on the Korean peninsula to a halt nearly half a century ago.
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