South Korea said on Wednesday that North Korea’s representative minister to Britain had absconded to Seoul, in what sums to a noteworthy loss of strategic face for Pyongyang. The Unification Ministry said Thae Yong-Ho — the number two at the North’s central goal in London — had absconded together with his family and they were presently in the South Korean capital.
“They are under government insurance and are experiencing vital strategies with related establishments,” service representative Jeong Joon-Hee told correspondents. Mr. Jeong declined to uncover Mr. Thae’s absconding course, refering to the discretionary sensitivities required for the concerned nations. “On his purposes behind absconding, Minister Thae refered to disturb with [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-Un’s administration, deference for South Korea’s free, vote based framework and the eventual fate of his family,” Mr. Jeong said.
Surrenders by North Korean negotiators of Mr. Thae’s stature are amazingly uncommon. South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo daily paper, which initially reported Mr. Thae’s surrender on Tuesday, said he had been under weight from Pyongyang to battle developing global feedback of North’s human rights record. North Korean defectors have been standing out as truly newsworthy as of late, to a great extent because of a surprising gathering abandonment to Seoul in April by twelve servers and their director who were working at a North Korean-run eatery in China.
In July, 18-year-old understudy, who was in Hong Kong for a global maths challenge, supposedly looked for refuge in the South Korean office in the city. The Unification Ministry said Mr. Thae’s surrender mirrored the loss of confidence among North Korea’s first class in Kim Jong-Un’s initiative.