Italy: North Korean diplomat reportedly goes into hiding, sparking defection rumours

4 January 2019
639 Views

A North Korea top diplomat has reportedly gone into hiding with his wife, said a South Korean MP on Thursday at a closed-door meeting after South Korean newspaper, JoongAng Ilbo daily, reported that acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil, was seeking asylum in the West.

Jo disappeared with his wife in November 2018, said South Korean lawmaker Kim Min-ki.

Giulia Pompili, an Italian journalist, tweeted a picture of who appears to be Jo at the North Korean embassy in Italy in April 2018.

Citing a diplomatic source the JoongAng report said that Jo had applied for asylum in an unidentified Western country and was “in a safe place” with his family under the protection of the Italian government. However, his whereabouts remain unknown. The defection bid was still unclear.

Jo, 48, was named acting ambassador in Rome in October 2017 after Italy expelled the then ambassador Mun Jong Nam in protest at a nuclear test by North Korea, which violated United Nation resolutions.

If his defection is confirmed, Jo would join a list of senior diplomats who have tried to stay outside of North Korea.

The last one to do so was former deputy ambassador to the UK, Thae Yong Ho, who defected with his family to South Korea in August 2016.

Source: euronews

You may be interested

Roland Garros: Tsitsipas advanced to the final!
GREECE
shares57 views
GREECE
shares57 views

Roland Garros: Tsitsipas advanced to the final!

makis - Jun 11, 2021

On February 19, Stefanos Tsitsipas, having lost almost his hands to Daniel Medvedev in the semifinals of the Australian Open,…

“Memphis Belle”: The legendary B-17 & the Greek twist of the story (photos)
GREECE
shares57 views
GREECE
shares57 views

“Memphis Belle”: The legendary B-17 & the Greek twist of the story (photos)

Panos - Jun 11, 2021

The reason for “Memphis Belle” being a legend? Belle was one of the first heavy bomber aircraft to complete 25…

Corinthian raisins: The Greek “superfood”
FINANCE
shares42 views
FINANCE
shares42 views

Corinthian raisins: The Greek “superfood”

Panos - Jun 11, 2021

It is considered one of the ‘superfoods’ produced in the Greek land, as it provides a multitude of nutrients. Corinthian…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.