September 19, 2020

Prominent former North Korean diplomat to run in upcoming South Korean elections

Thae Yong-ho to stand as a candidate for the conservative Liberty Korea Party, official says

Thae Yong-ho, a former high-ranking North Korean diplomat who defected in 2016, will run for office in South Korea's upcoming legislative elections in April, an official from the country's main opposition party said Monday.

Thae, who has become an outspoken activist and public speaker since coming to South Korea with his family almost four years ago, will stand as a candidate for the conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP).