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Hwang Jang-Yop: North Will Nuke Japan and S Korea
Hwang Jang Yop, Pyongyang, August 23, 1996
"The 'Chosun Ilbo' has acquired a thesis written secretly in August last
year by former secretary for international affairs of the North
Korean Workers Party, Hwang Jang-yop, prior to his defection to
South Korea. The following is an abstract of the thesis which was
written under the title Korean Issues." 

North Korea is capable of turning South Korea into ashes
Seoul, April 22 (KPS)-- Korean Overseas Information Service
"Former top North Korean ideologue Hwang Jang-yop, who 
recently defected, wrote in an article that North Korea is 
capable of turning South Korea into a sea of fire and scorched 
land by attacking with nuclear and chemical weapons and 
rockets, the Chosun Ilbo reported today. "One would be 
committing a criminal act before the nation, if one takes 
an ambiguous attitude towards war, by thinking that North
Korea is highly unlikely to launch an unwinnable war," the
article said." 

Second follow-up meeting in New York aborted
"Seoul, April 22 (KPS)--The second three-way meeting for
the proposed Four-Party Meeting scheduled to take place in
New York on Monday was aborted as the North Korean
delegation did not come to the meeting by saying that there are
no new instruction from Pyongyang, press reports from New
York said today. Thus, the prospect of opening the Four-Party 
Meeting by July or August became gloomy." 

Nuclear war report rattles S. Korea as talks crumble
N. Korea says it won't be shaken by defector
North Korea could turn the capitalist South into a "sea of flames" and
scorch Japan in a nuclear attack, a top Pyongyang defector was quoted
as saying in a leading Seoul newspaper Tuesday. The Chosun Ilbo daily
published a document it said was written by Hwang Jang-yop last
August, before he became the highest-ranked North Korean official ever
to flee his homeland. On Tuesday, Seoul diplomats left New York after
talks failed to wrest agreement from Pyongyang to join proposed peace
talks between the two Koreas, the United States and China. 
North Korea says defector is 'deranged'
SEOUL, South Korea (April 23, 1997 06:13 a.m. EDT)
-- North Korea called a high-ranking defector to South
Korea a "mentally deranged" traitor Wednesday and
warned of war if he is used to defame the communist state.