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DPRK's defector says 'more diplomats waiting to defect to ROK'

By Reuters

DPRK's defector says 'more diplomats waiting to defect to ROK'
A woman walk past a television screen showing file footage of Thae Yong-Ho, the DPRK's deputy ambassador to Britain, at a railway station in Seoul on Aug 18, 2016. The ROK said on Aug 17 that the DPRK's deputy ambassador to Britain had defected to Seoul, in a rare and damaging loss of diplomatic face for Pyongyang. (AFP / Jung Yeon-je)

SEOUL - - More high-level Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK)  diplomats are waiting to defect to the Republic of Korea (ROK) from their overseas posts in Europe, Pyongyang's former deputy ambassador to London said on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

A significant number of the DPRK’s diplomats came to the ROK recently

Thae Yong Ho, the DPRK's former deputy ambassador to London

Thae Yong Ho defected to the ROK in August last year and since December 2016 has been speaking to local media and appearing on variety television shows to discuss his defection to Seoul and his life as a the DPRK’s envoy.

"A significant number of the DPRK’s diplomats came to the ROK recently," Thae said, according to Yonhap.

"I am not the only one from Europe. There are more waiting to come," Thae said, speaking at an event held in the ROK’s parliamentary building.

Thae, 54, has said publicly that dissatisfaction with the rule of young leader Kim Jong Un had led him to flee his post, but he also had two university-age sons living with him and his wife in London who were due to return to isolated DPRK.

He is the highest-ranking official to have fled the DPRK for the South since the 1997 defection of Hwang Jang Yop, the brains behind the DPRK’s governing ideology, "Juche", which combines Marxism with extreme nationalism.

"Of all the recent high-level defectors, I am the only one to have gone public," said Thae.

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