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N.K. diplomat in Italy unaccounted for since leaving N.K. embassy in early Nov.: Seoul

All Headlines 16:58 January 03, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- A senior North Korean diplomat stationed in Italy has disappeared with his wife since he left the North's embassy in early November last year, South Korea's spy agency said Thursday.

Jo Song-gil, the North's acting ambassador to Italy, left the North Korean Embassy in Rome, days before his term ended in late November, the National Intelligence Service was quoted as saying by lawmakers.

Earlier in the day, the JoongAng Ilbo, a Seoul-based daily, said the 48-year-old envoy applied for personal security protection with the Italian government in early December.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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