February 10, 2020 / 1:20 PM / 9 days ago

Former North Korean diplomat to run in South Korea's April general election - Yonhap

Thae Yong Ho, North Korea's former deputy ambassador in London who defected to the South, speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

SEOUL (Reuters) - Thae Yong Ho, North Korea’s former deputy ambassador to Britain who defected to the South, is expected to run in an April general election as a member of the main opposition party, Yonhap New Agency reported on Monday citing a party official.

The official, Kim Hyong-o, head of the conservative Liberty Korea Party’s election candidate selection panel, told reporters that the party planned to find Thae a constituency where he could play a good role, adding somewhere in Seoul would be appropriate.

“(Thae) is someone who risked his life for freedom. As a person who understands the sorrow of the 10 million separated families and as one of the 25 million North Koreans, he is the one who could show present a vision for peace and publicise South Korea’s related position,” Kim added.

The general election for the country’s national assembly is scheduled on April 15.

Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Alex Richardson

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