Thae Yong Ho, who fled his post as representative of North Korea's ambassador to the UK in 2016, Jo Song Gil, a former Roman messenger, said "was unable to leave Italy with his children and North Korea called him children back to North Korea. "Thae told a reporter on Wednesday, Thae said that Jo's son was in North Korea under state custody," he said explaining the loss of Jo has since fled to Rome's embassy last year.
"Today, Jo can not disclose where she is or engages in public activity because she should fear the safety of her daughter," Thae said He added that when he previously urged Jo to join him in Seoul, he would no longer defend it, as "the level of punishment against the family left by diplomats in violation of South Korea or the US is very different . "[1
In a statement, the Italian Foreign Ministry said it received a notice from the North Korean Embassy that Jo and her husband left the embassy on November 10, "and their daughter, requested to return to his grandfather's grandmother's country, was back there on November 14, 2018, accompanied by female staff from the Embassy. "
There are approximately 30,000 North defectors and refugees who are registered with the South Korean government.
While many defectors include in South Korean society and do not participate in politics, a large minority work to encourage and help others to leave the North, and some also involved in anti-Pyongyang activities and organizations propaganda, some of which are represented in the press conference Wednesday.
These groups have been praised for the past due to the destruction of the peace process and opposition to Pyongyang, especially those whose intentions to send propaganda against the North's regime. For the rest, many defect groups criticized South Korea's government for downplaying human rights concerns in its communication with North Korean officials.
The former deputy ambassador has also urged other top officials to abolish Pyongyang.
The new cut?
Costs for defecting in South Korea can be very high, with many reports left behind by family members of defectors punished, and pressure put them in order to convince their relatives to return to North Korea.
A new report released this week, by the North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC), a Seoul-based think tank set up by North Korean defectors, claims that Kim has taken or The hundreds of officials have been educated for getting office, including elite and military members.
CNNs can not be free of the contents of the report. Intensification within North Korea, especially those involved in the country's political system, is noticeable and difficult to read, even for experts. Officials previously reported to be executed are already alive, and confident predictions about Kim's policies have been wrong.
The report claimed by hundreds of high ranking officials was killed because Kim went to power, while 38 officers were cleaned. The NKSC said its findings were based on interviews with 14 high-ranking defectors, five other defectors, and six North Korean officials on trips to China, the closest national ally.
Strong grip on power
Kim also said the North Summit meetings and statements Korea (North Korea) brought about a dramatic turn in bilateral relations which is the most hostile to land. "
The North Korean leader will meet with the President of the United States a second time next week, in Hanoi's Vietnamese capital, because both look to Kim and Trump to get the power of their first meeting in Singapore, with negotiations with North Korean denuclearization and peace treaty to end the end of the Korean War.
James Griffiths of CNN, Yoonjung Seo and Kevin Liptak contributed the report.