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North Korean Diplomat
Defects in London
n Aug. 16, a North Korean diplo-
mat based in London defected; he
was identified the following day as Thae
Yan-ho, the deputy ambassador to Great
Britain.According to the British newspaper The Guardian , Thae’s job at the embassy was
to “keep track of North Korean defec-
tors living in London” and to “rebut U.K.
criticism of his country’s human rights
record”—not an easy task, to be sure.
Thae was able to escape with his wife
and son (who was about to begin studies
at Imperial College, London), according
toEthan Epstein of The Weekly Standard
Many who flee are not so fortunate, given
that the government in Pyongyang often
holds family members of North Koreans
who work outside the country hostage.
There have been several high-profile
defections fromNorth Korea recently. A
Workers’ Party official fled while working
in Russia earlier this year. Another North
Korean diplomat, this one based inThai-
land, also managed to escape within the
last two years.
It seems that placating the North
Korean political elite with visits to water
parks and international food festivals does
not make up for the constant surveillance
they have to put up with, plus the very real
fear of ending up in a labor camp, Epstein
Maybe, he asks, we should allow a
North Korean embassy in Washington
This edition of Talking Points was com-
piled by Associate Editor Gemma Dvorak.