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Choe Seong-cheol

James E. Hoare

Choe Seong-cheol organized the visit of President Roh Moo-hyun to the DPRK for the October 2007 Inter-Korean Summit.

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CHOE SEONG-CHEOL (1956?- ). Choe Seong-cheol came to prominence when, as the vice chair of the DPRK’s Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, he organized the visit of President Roh Moo-hyun of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the October 2007 Inter-Korean Summit. During 2008, however, he was replaced by Yu Yeong-seon, formerly leader of the Korean Buddhist Federation. There were rumors that he had been purged and eventually executed because he had failed to keep the DPRK leadership informed of the likely ROK switch to more conservative policies when Roh Moo-hyun was succeeded by Lee Myung-bak. However, it was also reported that he had been sent to work on a chicken farm in Hwanghae Province.

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