North Korean military leader Jo Myong Rok dies at age 82
Sunday, November 7, 2010
One of North Korea's leading military officers has died at the age of 82. Jo's death was announced by North Korea's official news agency, which gave the cause of death as heart disease. Jo was the vice marshal of the , holding the post from 1995 until his death. This made him the military's second-highest officer.
A former fighter pilot for the North Korean army, Jo served in thefrom 1950 to 1953. After rising through the ranks he became the first vice marshal in 1995. In 2000 he became the first ever North Korean military official to enter the when he met with then , and President .
Jo was a loyal follower of. The Korean Central News Agency said in his obituary that he "devoted his whole life to the sacred struggle for the freedom and independence of the country and the victory of the cause of socialism."
It has been announced that ahas been planned for Wednesday.
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