Posted On:9/08/2008 11:45pm
N.Korea used taekwondo group to plot murder: report
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea infiltrated an international taekwondo group, using it as a front to send out spies and plot the killing of a South Korean president who ruled for much of the 1980s, newspapers said on Tuesday. The Korea Times quoted Choi Jung-hwa, son of the late Choi Hong-hi who founded the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) in 1966, as saying North Korea ordered overseas ITF masters, including himself, to assassinate President Chun Doo Hwan.
"After taking control of the ITF, the North trained spies and sent them overseas, disguising them as taekwondo masters," the Korea Times quoted Choi as telling reporters on his return to South Korea on Monday after living overseas for 34 years.
The Korea Times quoted Choi as saying he plotted to kill Chun on a visit to Canada in 1982, but Canadian police got wind of the plan and Choi fled to North Korea.
An official at South Korea's culture ministry had no comment. Choi Jung-hwa could not be reached for immediate comment on the media coverage.
Long-viewed with suspicion in South Korea, the ITF's structure is fragmented, with different groups in Austria and Canada claiming Choi Hong-hi's heritage after his death in 2002.
Choi senior fell out of favor with then South Korean President Park Chung-hee in the 1970s, exiling himself to Canada and taking with him his International Taekwondo Federation, which had built up a widespread international membership.
In 1973, the separate and unrelated World Taekwondo Federation sprang up in South Korea, rivaling the ITF and gaining huge popularity.
WTF club memberships in South Korea dwarf ITF memberships, although ITF-style taekwondo enjoys greater popularity abroad.
WTF taekwondo was adopted as an Olympic sport at the Sydney 2000 games and differs from ITF in sparring techniques and strategies.
The JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said Choi had returned to South Korea to clear up misunderstandings about his past.
"I have committed some wrongs whether it was my intention or not," it quoted Choi as telling reporters. "I should pay for what I have done."
Posted On:9/09/2008 9:41pm
Style: elbow smash
Originally Posted by bitparity
Canadian police got wind of the plan
Seeing as how the North Koreans chose TKD masters as the assassins, it must mean they didn't really want the guy dead.
Day Tripper/Dream Weaver
Posted On:9/10/2008 8:44am
Style: Shorei-ryu & Kumdo & TKD
JoongAng Ilbo (Korean Newspaper)
N Korea 'hired taekwondo killers'
Choi Jung-hwa says he returned to Seoul to clarify past misunderstandings
A master of the ancient martial art of taekwondo says North Korean agents recruited him in a failed plot to kill a South Korean president. South Korean-born Choi Jung-hwa said North Korean spies infiltrated a global taekwondo body and ordered its members to kill Chun Doo-hwan in the 1980s. Mr Choi made the claim as he returned to Seoul after living abroad for years. He is unlikely to be punished over his alleged links to Pyongyang, a South Korean prosecutor told AP news agency.
The senior prosecutor, Oh Se-in, was quoted as saying Mr Choi would be cleared of most of the suspicions as the statute of limitations had expired and he had chosen to return to South Korea voluntarily. 'Unintentionally involved' Mr Choi has spent much of his life in Canada, home to a branch of the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), set up by his late father, Choi Hong-hi in 1966. Choi Hong-hi moved to Canada in the 1970s after a row with the South Korean government of the time.
According to Choi Jung-hwa, North Korean agents infiltrated the federation and instructed experts in the martial art - including himself - in a plot to assassinate President Chun, who governed South Korea for much of the 1980s. "I was unintentionally involved," Choi Jung-hwa said on his return to Seoul. "I think that's because of my political naivety or spirit of adventure." He told the Korea Times newspaper he had hired two agents to shoot President Chun during a 1982 visit to Canada.
The plot was reportedly uncovered, forcing Choi Jung-hwa to flee to eastern Europe and eventually to North Korea. He returned to Canada in 1991 and was released after serving one year of a six-year jail term, his aide told AP. According to the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, Choi Jung-hwa returned to South Korea to clarify misunderstandings about his past. "I have committed some wrongs whether it was my intention or not," the papers quoted him as telling reporters. "I should pay for what I have done."
Sporting rivalry After the death of Mr Choi's father in 2002, a schism erupted in the ITF, with rival camps based in Canada and Austria laying claim to his legacy. Choi Jung-hwa, who lead the Canada-based branch of the ITF, accused Pyongyang of trying to take over the Vienna wing of the body. The ITF is regarded with suspicion in South Korea, which follows rules laid by an alternative authority for the sport, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).
WTF-style taekwondo was adopted at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as the approved form of the sport. Taekwondo is a national sport in South Korea and all the country's soldiers are trained in the martial art.
Choi Jung-hwa's return to South Korea coincides with the 60th anniversary of the foundation of North Korea, which remains officially at war with its southern neighbour.
Jeremy M. Talbott
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Valiant Monk of Booze & War
Posted On:9/10/2008 8:57am
Paging Earl Weiss....
Posted On:9/10/2008 8:58am
Nothing he can say on this one. It is fact not historical theory we are working here. :)
Posted On:9/10/2008 9:07am
Shut the **** up!
Posted On:9/10/2008 10:19am
Style: TKD, MT, KEMPO
He was going to shoot President Chun? Why not have him turn back kicked to death?
"Coffee is for Closers" GlenGarry Glenross
Posted On:9/10/2008 10:31am
Posted On:9/10/2008 12:06pm
Unless its these guys, sorry if this has been posted before. I'd **** myself if I knew they were coming for me, goofy brick breaking aside.
YouTube - North Korean Bodyguard Training for dictator Kim Jong-il
Here, hold these for me.
Posted On:9/10/2008 12:09pm
Style: jkd concepts
So what will the WTF do?
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