SKorean Lawmaker: Spy Agency Says NKorean Diplomat in Hiding

North Korean soldiers march during a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s spy agency has told lawmakers that North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy Jo Song Gil went into hiding with his wife in November.

South Korean lawmaker Kim Min-ki said Thursday an official from Seoul’s National Intelligence Service shared the information in a closed-door briefing.

Kim did not say whether the spy agency revealed information about Jo’s current whereabouts or whether he had plans to defect to South Korea.