North Korea diplomat Thae defects to South
Aug.17, Seoul: A top North Korean diplomat who disappeared from the country's embassy in London has defected to South Korea, Seoul officials have confirmed.
According to a South Korean official, Thae Yong-ho and his family are under the government's protectio. Thae was the ambassador's deputy and is thought to be the highest-ranking North Korean official ever to defect.
His main mission in London had been to spread positive perceptions of the North Korean leadership. He had been due to return to Pyongyang with his wife and children, BBC reported.
In the past, Thae had argued the British were brainwashed by their ruling class into believing "shocking, terrifying" lies about North Korea under its leader Kim Jong-un, BBC reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network