Thae Yong-ho

An external view of the North Korean embassy in Rome, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2018. North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil, went into hiding with his wife in November, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers in Seoul on Thursday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

North Korea’s Italian Embassy Chief Disappears

South Korean intelligence officials confirmed on Thursday that the chargé d’affaires at the North Korean embassy in Rome, Jo Song-gil, and his family disappeared after allegedly leaving the country to return to Pyongyang in November.

Deputy ambassador Thae Yong-Ho at a 2014 art exhibition at the North Korean embassy in London

North Korean Defector Warns: Regime’s Goal Is Becoming a Nuclear Power

Former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho, who defected and now operates out of South Korea, warned in a press conference Monday that the “final destination” of the Kim regime is to possess nuclear weapons and that, in his estimation, Kim Jong-un “will never give them up.”