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UN North Korea envoy let go under oil-for-food cloud

[JURIST] Maurice Strong [Canada Foreign Affairs profile], a special adviser for North Korea to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and a prominent Canadian business executive, will not continue his position as top UN envoy to North Korea, according to UN officials. In recent months, Strong has been implicated in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal [JURIST news archive] based on his ties to South Korean businessman Tongsun Park, charged [PDF complaint] by the US Attorney's Office in April with conspiracy to defraud the United States on behalf of the oil-for-food program. Strong said Park had advised him on Korean issues, but denies any involvement in the program. AP has more.

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