N Korea’s intel officer, diplomat in Africa defect, says Seoul

(From Reuters)

Two senior North Korean officials, including an army colonel specializing in espionage against the South, defected to South Korea last year, the Seoul government said on Monday.

The South Korean government's public acknowledgement of defections is unusual

The South Korean government’s public acknowledgement of defections is unusual

News of the defections followed Friday’s announcement by Seoul that 13 workers at a restaurant run by the North in an undisclosed third country had defected as a group, arriving in the South a day earlier.

On Monday, the South’s Unification and Defence Ministries said a North Korean army colonel defected last year and had been granted political asylum. He had worked in the secretive General Reconnaissance Bureau, which is focused on espionage activities against the South.

The Unification Ministry, which handles North Korea issues, also said that a senior diplomat who was posted in an African country had defected to the South last year with his family. Read More



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