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“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.