October 23, 2020

Missing North Korean diplomat defected to Seoul last year, lawmakers confirm

Jo Song Gil, the former DPRK chargé d’affaires in Italy who went missing in 2018, now lives in South Korea

A prominent North Korean diplomat who went missing in Italy in 2018 is now living in South Korea, lawmakers confirmed on Wednesday.

In Nov. 2018, Jo Song Gil — the former chargé d’affaires for the North Korean Embassy in Rome — went missing. His case later garnered international attention in 2019, with some calling the incident the most high-profile defection under North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s rule.