SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's top official in charge of relations with South Korea has died in a traffic accident, the country's state media announced Wednesday, dimming the prospect for ties between the rival countries. He was 73.
Kim Yang Gon, head of the United Front Department at the ruling Workers' Party, died Tuesday morning, the Korean Central News Agency reported. It said a state funeral will be held Thursday for him but gave no further details about his death.
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