Inside the Secretive Group Trying to Bring Down North Korea’s Regime

ROME—One morning in November 2018, North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy left his embassy’s compound with his wife. He told colleagues they were going for a stroll.

Instead, the couple got into a car idling nearby and never returned. Driving the getaway vehicle that day was a member of a clandestine group called Free Joseon, people familiar with the operation say.


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