N. Korean diplomat deemed missing in Moscow defects to S. Korea

TOKYO — A North Korean diplomat who had been considered missing in Moscow since last month, defected to South Korea, media reported Friday, citing a well-informed source.

According to earlier reports, Russian police found out that the diplomat and his family had flown from St. Petersburg to Minsk and from there, according to the preliminary information, to Ukraine before leaving for South Korea.

“The third secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Russia Kim Chor Sen, who disappeared last July, decided to leave for South Korea. He entered the country together with his wife and son and is under the protection of the respective state agencies,” the source was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.

The case comes amid reports that a North Korean diplomat in the United Kingdom, who escaped the country on Aug. 16, arrived in South Korea on Thursday. PNA/Sputnik/northboundasia.com