North Korea diplomat in Kuwait ‘defects’ to South Korea: reports

North Korea’s top diplomat in Kuwait has defected to South Korea, according to media reports on Monday. Ryu Hyun Woo secretly arrived in South Korea last September, where he sought asylum, the Maeil Business daily report. Seoul’s Yonhap news agency also confirmed the defection. Ryu had held the post of North Korea’s acting ambassador to Kuwait since 2017, after his predecessor So Chang Sik was ordered to leave. At the time, the Gulf country adopted a UN resolution and downgraded its relations with Pyongyang. Amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea over the latter’s missile tests, W…

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