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Approved For Release 2002/07/15 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA001400420006-4 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT SECRET SECURITY INFORMATION COUNTRY Korea. SUBJECT Purge of High North Korean Labor Party Officials and North Korean -Writers PLACE ACQUIRED 25X1 This Document contains Information affecting the Na- tional Defense of the United States, within the mean- ing of Title 18, sections 793 and 794, of the U.S. Code, as amended. Its transmission or revelation of Its contents to or receipt by an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. The reproduction of this form is prohibited. REPORT NO. DATE DISTR. 25X1 2 June 1953 NO. OF PAGES 2 REQUIREMENT NO. RD 1. The chief of the Propaganda Bureau of the Haeau City Labor Party announced at a late February meeting of the party that PAK Hon-yong, Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister, CHU Yong-ha, Minister of 'Communications'and former Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., and YI Sung-yop, Chairman of the National. Inspection Committee and former Minister of Justice, were removed from their offices in February.1 The HaeJu propaganda chief said they'wereeousted for violating Labor.Party regula- tions and for aiding "reactionary" elements. He said PAK had received a strict warnizig from the party and that CHU4nd YI were expelled.. He added that an, investigation was being made into 1O4er echelons of the government. 2.. On 25 March the Labor News Press steited,that CHU Yong-ha had secretly expounded anti-Soviet propaganda'to Korean students studying in the U.S.S.R.; had no respect for KIM Il-song and had failed to give self-criticism at a party meeting. 3. Ti Sung-yop, former chairman of the Seoul People's Committee during the North Korean. occupation of Seoul, had conducted espionage: against North Korean parti- sans in'South Korea. He also had tried to organize another party within the Labor Party. Yl had planned to escaje to South.Korea if he were discovered but he was arrested before he could carry out his plans. PAK Hon-yong knew of YI's activities but had overlooked them. 4. in early March the Labor News Press stated that YI T'ae-chun (2621/31+1/0193), TM Hwa (2651/0735), and about 20 other writers were "members of a reactionary group who, through their writings, had paralyzed the people's revolutionary awakening and prevented hostile feelings toward the enemy." The Ministry of Education banned the writings of YI T'ae-chun and IM Hwa from the schools. 25X1 Approved For Release 2002/071,15 : CIA-RDP8,.0-00810A001400420006-4 Approved For Release 2002/07/15 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA001400420006-4 25X1 25X1 Comment. PAK Hon-yang and CHU Yong-ha have been previously listed'as members of an unpopular faction within the North Korean Labor Party. PAK's name has not appeared in North Korean news dispatches since March 1953. Radio Pyongyang carried a statement 19 May issued by YI Tong-kun, acting Foreign Minister. SECRET Approved For Release 2002/07/15 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA001400420006-4