North Korean ambassador Jo Song-gil ‘seeks asylum’ in Italy

North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has sought asylum, according to a report, in what would be another high-profile defection bid by one of Pyongyang’s envoys.

Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, applied for asylum to an unidentified western country with his family, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo daily said, citing unnamed diplomatic sources in Seoul.

“He sought asylum early last month,” the JoongAng quoted one source as saying.