: North Korean diplomat flees embassy in Russia, heads to Ukraine – media

13:56 Jul. 9, 2016

North Korean diplomat flees embassy in Russia, heads to Ukraine – media

North Korean and Russian flags are displayed at the Moscow railway station for the arrival of North Korean leader Kim John-il August 3, 2001 in Moscow, Russia. (GettyImages Photo)

Police are investigating the disappearance of the official 

A North Korean diplomat, working at the embassy in Russia, has allegedly fled Saint Petersburg and is heading to Ukraine.

This is reported by Russian media outlet RIA Novosti with references to sources in a law enforcement agency.

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The sources claim, the said diplomat went missing on July 1. The North Korean embassy has informed the local police that are now conducting an investigation into the disappearance.

On Friday, July 8, the source, which is a part of the St. Petersburg airport structure, told RIA Novosti the North Korean official had allegedly flown to Minsk with his family.

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"We have reasons to believe the diplomat had left for Belarus, and from there he went to Ukraine, according to our preliminary information", the source said.

The official's service vehicle was left near a hotel. The reasons the North Korean rep had to vanish remain unknown. 

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