Thae Yong Ho, who escaped his post as Deputy North Korean Ambassador to Great Britain in 2016, said Jo Song Gil, a former envoy in Rome, "has failed to leave Italy with his children, and Northern Korea has summoned children to North Korea. "
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Thae said a source in Pyongyang" told me that Joe's daughter was in North Korea under state arrest, "which he explained about Joe's disappearance after escaping from the Roman embassy at the end of last year. "Today, Joe can not reveal where he is or to participate in public affairs because he has to fear the safety of his daughter," Ta said. He added that while he had previously called for Joe to join him in Seoul, he would no longer advocate this because "the level of punishment against the family abandoned by diplomats who have moved to South Korea or the United States , are very different. " ] "I could not go on asking Joe to come to South Korea ever since I knew Joe's daughter was in North Korea," he said.
In a statement, the Italian Foreign Ministry said it had received a statement from the North Korean embassy that Joe and his wife had left the embassy on November 1
There are about 30,000 North Korean refugees and refugees registered with the South Korean government.
While many deserters integrate into South Korean society and are not involved in politics, a significant minority works to encourage and assist others to leave the North, and some also participate in anti-Pyongyang activities and propaganda organizations, some of which were represented at the press conference on Wednesday.
Such groups have been criticized in the past for undermining the peace process and opposing Pyongyang, especially those seeking to surrender propaganda against the regime in the north. In turn, many of the deserter groups criticize the South Korean government for mitigating human rights issues in its communications with North Korean officials.
Former Deputy Ambassador urged other leading officials to leave Pyongyang.
Degradation costs in South Korea can be very high, with numerous reports of the punishable family members of abandoned deserter families and pressure on them to persuade their relatives to return to North Korea.
Kim also welcomed the historic, first (North Korean) summit and US talks that caused a dramatic turnaround in the bilateral relations that were most hostile to the earth. "
The North Korean leader will meet with the US president for the second time next week in the Hanoi capital of Vietnam, as both Kim and Trump want to regain their energy at their first meeting in Singapore with talks on North Korean denuclearization and a peace treaty that will finally end the Korean War
James Griffiths from CNN, Yoonjung Seo and Kevin Lipptak contributed.