Will N. Korean Diplomat from London Join S. Korean Think Tank?

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SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- A former senior North Korean diplomat who defected to the South in July may start his new career in Seoul at a state-run security think tank, a source said Tuesday.

   "Having announced his plan to appear in public starting Friday, Thae Yong-ho, I believe, will start working with the Institute for National Security Strategy from January next year," the government source said.

   As a researcher he may also give public lectures and hold meetings with other defectors living in South Korea, according to the source.

   With his two sons and wife, Thae deserted his minister post at the North Korean Embassy in London in July to seek refuge in South Korea.

   He has become one of the highest-ranking North Korean officials yet to defect to the South.

   During his meeting with lawmakers on Monday, Thae unveiled his plans to start public appearances despite the safety risks they could carry.

   Thae said he will devote his life to liberating North Koreans from their regime's oppression and persecution.

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