June 04, 2020

Following his surprise defection, what next for Jo Song Gil?
History suggests the missing diplomat may choose to keep a low profile

Last week, media reported that yet another defection of a high-level North Korean official has taken place.

This time, it was Jo Song Gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Italy, who is on the run. Having reportedly applied for asylum, he and his family are now under the protection by the Italian security services.