North Korea calls diplomat who defected 'human scum'
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published: August 22, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea says a senior diplomat who defected was “human scum” and accused him of fleeing to escape extradition for a series of crimes.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry confirmed Wednesday that Thae Yong Ho, formerly the No. 2 diplomat at the North Korean Embassy in London, had arrived with his family earlier this month and was under government protection.
In the first official response to the defection, North Korea’s state-run news agency did not use Thae’s name Saturday but said the “fugitive” who worked at the embassy in Britain had been ordered to return home to be investigated for a series of crimes. Those included embezzling government funds, leaking state secrets for money and raping a minor, according to the report.
“He deserved a legal punishment for his crimes, but he took to flight, betraying his country and parents and other kith and kin. He thus revealed himself as human scum bereft of elementary sense of moral obligation and conscience,” the Korean Central News Agency said. It gave no evidence for the claims.