Thae Yong-ho

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.

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)