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North Korean defectors voice concern for Pyongyang's missing Italy envoy

Seoul (CNN)A group of prominent North Korean defectors called on the Italian and South Korean governments to provide protection for Pyongyang's former envoy to Italy Wednesday, as his whereabouts remain unknown. Jo Song Gil, Pyongyang's chargé d'affaires in Rome, disappeared along with his wife in early November. His term was due to expire that month. Italy has been without a North Korean ambassador since Pyongyang's former envoy was expelled in 2017, following the country's sixth nuclear test. Jo joined the embassy in May 2015 as the third secretary, according to South Korean lawmakers. According to unconfirmed reports in the South Korean press, Jo has defected and is seeking asylum in the West. "Jo Song Gil and his family have the freedo ...