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North Korea's Top Negotiator With South Dies in Traffic Accident

  • Kim Yang Gon Held Talks to Defuse Tensions With South Korea
  • Death May Add Uncertainty to North Korea's Policy on South
Kim Yang-Gon.

Kim Yang-Gon.

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A senior North Korean official who helped craft an agreement in August to defuse military tensions with South Korea has been killed in a traffic accident.

The death on Tuesday of Kim Yang Gon, 73, is a “huge loss” and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will lead a funeral committee for the late Workers’ Party secretary, the official Korean Central News Agency said. It didn’t elaborate on the nature of the accident.