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South Korea: North Korean ambassador ‘disappeared’ in Italy – South Korean official01:32

South Korea: North Korean ambassador ‘disappeared’ in Italy – South Korean official

Korea, Republic of, Seoul
January 3, 2019 at 16:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

South Korean lawmaker Kim Min-ki said North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy Jo Song Gil has gone missing along with his wife, speaking from Seoul on Thursday.

"His term was due to end in late November 2018, but [Jo] is known to have left the official residence in early November. Currently, [Jo] has disappeared with his wife," said Kim Min-ki.

"The National Intelligence Service confirmed that it has not been contacted by Jo," he added.

Kim Min-ki did not disclose any information regarding the diplomat's whereabouts nor his potential intentions to defect to South Korea, though unconfirmed reports have stated Jo applied for asylum with an undisclosed Western country.

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South Korean lawmaker Kim Min-ki said North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy Jo Song Gil has gone missing along with his wife, speaking from Seoul on Thursday.

"His term was due to end in late November 2018, but [Jo] is known to have left the official residence in early November. Currently, [Jo] has disappeared with his wife," said Kim Min-ki.

"The National Intelligence Service confirmed that it has not been contacted by Jo," he added.

Kim Min-ki did not disclose any information regarding the diplomat's whereabouts nor his potential intentions to defect to South Korea, though unconfirmed reports have stated Jo applied for asylum with an undisclosed Western country.

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