June 03, 2023

Ruling party suspends defector-lawmaker Tae Yong-ho for 3 months over scandals

Decision allows former North Korean diplomat to stand in 2024 election despite series of controversial comments

South Korea’s ruling party suspended the membership rights of Tae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat turned ROK congressman, for three months on Wednesday over a series of controversies.

But the relatively short punishment keeps alive the high-profile defector’s political career, expiring well in advance of the next parliamentary election in April 2024.