China expresses condolences over death of senior DPRK official

13:07, November 09, 2010      

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The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Central Military Commission of China Monday sent messages to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), expressing condolences over the death of senior DPRK official Jo Myong Rok.

The messages were sent to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and the National Defense Commission (NDC) of the DPRK respectively.

Jo, a member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK's Central Committee and the first vice chairman of the NDC, passed away last Saturday.

Jo died of an "inveterate heart disease" at the age of 82, the DPRK's official KCNA news agency reported.

Jo's death is "a great loss" to the party, the army and people of the DPRK, said an obituary jointly issued last Saturday by the Central Committee of the WPK, the Central Military Commission of the WPK, the NDC, and the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

A state funeral would be held for Jo, and a state funeral committee had been formed with top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il as its chairman and Kim Jong Un and 169 others as its members. The bier would be placed in the Central Hall of Workers and the hearse would leave the hall at 9 a.m. (0000 GMT) on Nov. 10.



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