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North Korea's top diplomat in Italy defected, embarrassing Kim Jong Un


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North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy defected with his wife in November, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Thursday, striking an embarrassing blow to leader Kim Jong Un and his communist regime.Jo Song Gil, 48, and his wife left the official residence in early November, weeks before his term was set to end, an official from Seoul’s National Intelligence Service said, according to South Korean lawmaker Kim Min-ki.He was the acting ambassador in Rome since Oct. 2017, after the Italian government expelled the now-former ambassador Mun Jong Nam in retaliation for a nuclear test by North Korea that year, the AFP reported.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPyongyang deems the diplomatic mission in Italy essential as it’s the home of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the regime suffers from food shortages, the outlet noted.The lawmakers haven’t said whether the spy agency revealed any information about Jo’s current location or whether he tried to defect to South Korea.The spy agency couldn’t confirm a report in South Korean media that the diplomat was under the Italian government protection and seeks asylum in a Western country.The report in the JoongAng said the Italian authorities were protecting the diplomat even as they are “agonizing” over how to proceed.

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