General ‘behind Korea attacks’ dies

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Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by The News Editor

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The North Korean military general believed to have been behind two attacks on South Korea that killed 50 people has died.

The North’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Kim Kyok Sik, 77, died of an acute respiratory failure.

South Korea says Kim directed North Korea’s torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in March 2010 and its artillery strikes on a South Korean border island in November that year. The reclusive communist state has denied carrying out the ship attacks.

The attacks increased animosity between the Koreas, which have been divided along the world’s most heavily fortified border since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korean economic sanctions and other punitive measures imposed after the North’s alleged torpedo attack remain in place and still serve as a source of tension between the rivals.

After the South Korean warship sinking, Kim, a four-star army general, served as the North’s armed forces minister, the equivalent of South Korea’s defence chief, and chairman of the military’s general staff.

Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by The News Editor

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