North Korea could be plotting assassinations and kidnappings after a diplomat defected from its embassy in Ealing , a South Korean official has warned.
Deputy ambassador Thae Yong Ho fled the Gunnersbury Avenue building recently and defected to South Korea with his wife and child, after he was reportedly angry with leader Kim Jong-un's regime.
On Sunday (August 21), a ministry official from the Unification Ministry in Seoul, in neighbouring democratic South Korea, is widely reported to have to said that North Korea could be seeking revenge after a number of defections including Mr Thae.
The unnamed official, who apparently spoke of the condition of anonymity, referenced assassination attempts, terror attacks and abductions as previous means used against defectors and warned of their possibility in future.
A man who played tennis with Mr Thae has described the diplomat as a keen tennis player who "fitted right in" at the nearby St Columba's Lawn Tennis Club.
Mr Thae, who lived in a flat in Gunnersbury Gardens, was ironically employed to monitor other North Koreans who had defected the communist state.
In January earlier this year, getwestlondon reviewed the play P'Yongyang at the Finborough Theatre , a story about a young couple who fall in love and escape the North for the South.