A 40-year-old North Korean diplomat, a doctor by training, defected to South Korea this past autumn by seeking asylum at Seoul’s embassy in Ethiopia. He had been working at North Korea’s Embassy in Addis Ababa.
The man, identified only as Kim, appeared at the South Korean embassy in October and spent several weeks there before he flew in November to Seoul, Yonhap said.
North Korea had demanded the diplomat be returned and used several vehicles to erect a barricade in front of Seoul’s embassy in Addis Ababa, it said.
South Korea’s government has made no official confirmation of the defection.