North Korean diplomat runs away from Russia to Belarus

On July 1, the North Korean official (third secretary of the North Korean embassy in Moscow whose name is Kim Chol-sung- a potential translation of Ким Чхор Сен) left his office. However, his boss called the police only five days later. The apartment where the North Koreans were staying in turned to be empty, the telephone was switched off on July 2.

According to CCTV footage, he drove to Pulkovo Airport, where the diplomat, his wife and son bought Belavia tickets and flew to Minsk at 21:13.

In March, the North Korean leadership said the citizens should be prepared for the worst. The crisis is the result of UN Security Council sanctions against the country in response to Pyongyang’s testing a hydrogen bomb and launching long-range missiles.

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