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N. Korea state media says diplomat defector 'criminal'

The defection of a top North Korean diplomat to the South is the latest strain on relationsNorth Korea’s deputy ambassador to Britain, who defected to South Korea this week, is a criminal who had been ordered to return home for questioning, Pyongyang state media said Saturday. Thae Yong-Ho is one of the highest ranking North Korean diplomats ever to defect to the South — gifting Seoul a major propaganda coup at a time of rising tension on the divided Korean peninsula. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that Thae, who they described as “human scum”, had embezzled state funds, raped a minor and spied for South Korea in exchange for money.

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