calendar>>May 13. 2009 Juche 98
Former Unconverted Long-Term Prisoner Dies
Pyongyang, May 13 (KCNA) -- Former unconverted long-term prisoner Han Paek Ryol died of an incurable disease at the age of 89 on May 12.

The obituary of him was published on Wednesday.

According to it, he, born into a poor peasant's family in Songnam City, Kyonggi Province, on February 16, Juche 9 (1920), took part in the anti-Japanese patriotic struggle.

He waged a positive struggle against the U.S. imperialists who occupied south Korea and their stooges after the liberation of Korea. During the Fatherland Liberation War he energetically encouraged soldiers and people in the struggle to win victory in the war through the distribution of publications.

He was arrested by the enemy while struggling to implement President Kim Il Sung's idea of achieving national reunification in the post-war period. He remained true to his firm revolutionary faith and principle as a member of the Workers' Party of Korea for 23 years behind bars. He did not stop his struggle even after his release.

He was awarded the title of Hero of the DPRK and the National Reunification Prize as a pro-reunification patriotic fighter after coming into the care of the DPRK. He dedicated his all to the building of a thriving nation and the national reunification till the last moments of his life.

The feats performed by him in the struggle for the reunification of the country and the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche will last long, said the obituary.

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