• South Korean President Park Geun-hye. second from left, presides over a session of the National Security Council at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal. (Baek Seung-ryul/Yonhap via AP)

    S. Korea, US start drills despite N. Korea’s nuclear threat

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea’s threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal.

  • A man watches a TV news airing a file image of Thae Yong Ho, minister at the North Korean Embassy in London, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. Thae has defected to South Korea, becoming one of the highest Northern officials to do so, South Korea said Wednesday. The letters read "He was the No. 2 man at the embassy". (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Diplomat’s defection poses major PR problem for Pyongyang

    TOKYO (AP) — The defection of a North Korean senior diplomat in London poses a major problem for Pyongyang on a number of fronts — not least of which is how to publicly respond.

  • This is an image taken from video taken on April 5, 2004 of Thae Yong Ho,  North Korean diplomat speaking  during an interview in Pyongyang. North Korea diplomat Thae Yong Ho who was based in London has defected, according to South Korean officials. Seoul's Unification Ministry announced on Wednesday Aug. 17, 2016  that Thae Yong Ho, minister at the North Korean Embassy in the UK capital, recently defected to South Korea with his family. (AP Photo)

    S. Korea: Senior N. Korean diplomat based in London defects

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean diplomat based in London has defected to South Korea, becoming one of the highest Northern officials to do so, South Korea said Wednesday.