North Koreans who defected to the South tear pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The latest high-profile defector is the North’s top diplomat in Italy, who has sought asylum in another country. Photo: AFP

North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy the latest high-profile defector to flee Kim regime

  • South Korea’s intelligence agency said Jo Song-gil and his wife fled the embassy in Rome in late November
  • Italian authorities said they were ‘protecting him in a safe place’
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North Koreans who defected to the South tear pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The latest high-profile defector is the North’s top diplomat in Italy, who has sought asylum in another country. Photo: AFP
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