North Korea

Aide of Kim Jong-Un's Uncle Reportedly Seeks Asylum in South Korea

Escaped two months ago

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An aide of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle is seeking asylum in South Korea after fleeing his country ahead of a leadership purge, a report said Friday.

South Korean officials believe the escapee might have managed funds for Jang Song-Thaek, who until this week was regarded as Kim's political regent, said the South's cable news network YTN, citing intelligence sources.

The report also said he may have information on secret funds controlled by the Kim family.

It said the man escaped from Pyongyang two months ago and is now under the protection of South Korean intelligence agents in China while he awaits a flight to Seoul.

The South's spy agency and the Unification Ministry declined to confirm the report.