High-Ranking North Korean Defects To South, Seoul Says

Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon Hee said the defection showed that "internal solidarity is weakening" in Kim's regime, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Seoul (dpa) - A senior official at the North Korean embassy in London has arrived in South Korea, the government in Seoul said, in one of the highest-ranking defections ever from the secretive communist state. The 55-year-old diplomat, Thae Yong Ho, fled with his family and they are now under the protection of the government in…

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