Mystery Solved? Senior N.K. Diplomat Reportedly Defects

We may now know why North Korean diplomats were told to stand by for an important announcement on Monday:

The United States declined Thursday to confirm or deny a report that a senior North Korean diplomat has defected and seeks shelter in the United States.

“We have no information on that,” said Melanie Higgins, spokesperson for the State Department’s East Asian Affairs Bureau.

Reports said that the defection of a senior North Korean diplomat led the Pyongyang regime to order North Korean diplomats abroad to stay closer to their missions.

Earlier reports had it that North Korean diplomats were kept at their missions apparently due to an imminent important announcement by Pyongyang on the North Korean leadership.  [Asia Pulse]

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Hat tip:  James.