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‘N. Korean envoy to Italy in hiding, has sought asylum’

North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has sought asylum and gone into hiding, Seoul lawmakers told reporters after a closed-door meeting with South Korean intelligence officials on Thursday.It would mark the latest high-profile defection by a senior North Korean envoy since the Deputy Ambassador in London abandoned his post in 2016.“Acting Ambassador Jo Song-gil’s term was ending in late November last year and he escaped the diplomatic compound in early November” with his wife, South Korean lawmaker Kim Min-ki told reporters.Mr. Jo, 48, has been acting Ambassador in Rome since October 2017 after Italy expelled the then Ambassador Mun Jong-nam in protest at a North Korean nuclear test a month earlier in violation of UN resolutions.Italy is an important diplomatic mission for Pyongyang, as it handles relations with the Rome-headquartered UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and North Korea suffers from chronic food shortages.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/n-korean-envoy-to-italy-in-hiding-has-sought-asylum/article25904769.ece

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