N.Korea Reshuffles Diplomats in Europe

  • By Kim Myong-song

    October 13, 2016 12:43

    North Korea has been reshuffling chiefs of its diplomatic missions in Europe after the defection of the No. 2 man in the London Embassy in July.

    A source on Wednesday said the North Korean regime has been investigating officials and other people who had recruited or vouched for Thae Yong-ho.

    "His defection has caused such a huge stir that other senior officials at the ministry are also being reprimanded."

    Kung Sok-ung, the vice foreign minister in charge of European affairs, has disappeared from public view since August, leading to speculation that he was purged.

    North Korean Ambassador to the U.K. Hyon Hak-bong has been interrogated in Pyongyang since he was recalled in August. Inspectors have reportedly been sent to other North Korean diplomatic missions in Europe.

    According to a doplimatic source, the North Korean ambassadors to Germany Ri Si-hong, to France Kim Yong-il, and to Geneva So Se-pyong have not been seen at diplomatic events recently.

    The North's overseas missions "seem badly rattled and are too scared to do their jobs properly," the source added.

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