Report: N.Korea tasks team to kill South's defense minister

August 10, 2011 04:29

SEOUL - A team of North Korean agents have been assigned to kill South Korea's defense minister after he said Seoul would retaliate militarily if Pyongyang repeats attacks against the South, local media reported on Wednesday.

North Korea, which has previously sent agents to try to assassinate key South Korean officials and high-profile defectors, succeeding in killing a nephew of Kim Jong-il near Seoul in 1997.

The South Korean government has put Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin under tight security protection, with four armed military police officers surrounding him when he is at outside events, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper quoted a senior government official as saying.

The defense ministry did not comment immediately on the report.

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