December 6, 2013

A man who managed funds for the uncle of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has fled the isolated country and is seeking asylum in South Korea, local media say.

The aide is being protected by South Korean officials in a secret location in China, the cable news network YTN said, citing a source familiar with the matter.

If true, the defection would be the first instance in years of a significant insider from the Pyongyang regime switching sides.

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