A diplomat From North Korea Defects To South Korea

A senior North Korean diplomat, along with his wife and children, has safely defected to South Korea, making it the highest-level diplomatic defection from North to South Korea in history.

Thae Yong Ho, the deputy ambassador of the North Korean embassy in the UK, is under government protection, Jeong Joo-hee, a spokesman for the South Korean Unification Ministry, told reporters Wednesday.
"For the future of his family"
Thae defected because "he was tired of Kim Jong Un's regime. He respects the democratic system of South Korea and for the sake of the future of his family, he defected," Jeong told reporters.

The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK, was not immediately available for comment.
The UK Foreign Office told CNN it will not be commenting on Thae's defection.

UK embassy No. 2

Thae is listed as the second-highest official after the ambassador in a diplomatic list published by the UK Foreign Office.
Thae and his family are now safely in Soputh Korea, Jeong said, but he did not elaborate on how or when the defection took place.

"They are currently under the government's protection and are going through necessary procedures conducted by relevant agencies, which are standard procedures," Jeong said.

Defection not uncommon


Defections from North Korea are not uncommon. The impoverished country is known for its harsh demands of loyalty to the regime and almost complete isolation from the rest of the world.

And Pyongyang's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons has put it at odds with the international community. The most senior diplomat to flee the regime was a former DPRK ambassador to Egypt who defected to the United States in 1997....
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