Two officials of the DPRK working in China, asked for asylum in Japan, according to South Korean newspaper
Two North Korean official working in Beijing, sought asylum in the Embassy of Japan. It is reported by the Agency Kyodo , citing South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.
A source told the publication that both appeals were recorded at the end of September, currently the authorities of China and Japan are negotiating on this subject.
According to the Agency Yonhap, one of the officials worked in the health system of Korea and was responsible for the supply of medicines and medical equipment to North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN and his family. Information about the second defector yet. Both defectors were not diplomats.
Representatives of the Japanese Embassy denied the media reports. In the Japanese foreign Ministry also said that any complaints from North Korean citizens asking for asylum, they have not been.
Meanwhile, earlier this year we witnessed a series of shoots of DPRK citizens in other countries. One of the most notorious cases occurred in August – Deputy Ambassador of North Korea in London Tae Yong-Ho together with his family moved to South Korea, where he received refugee status.
The President of South Korea called for North Korean citizens to flee to her country, promising to help them start a new life here.
Every year the number of defectors from North Korea is growing steadily. Six months of 2016, there were 814 people, Reuters reported South Korean officials. According to them, the annual increase in the number of defectors is 15%.