While Kim Jong Un is absent, North Korean diplomats are working overtime

By Anna Fifield, October 10, 2014

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have disappeared from the public eye, but his diplomatic representatives sure haven’t.

There’s Ri Su Yong, who’s been everywhere from Burma and Indonesia to Ethiopia and Iran since he became foreign minister in April. Last month, he addressed the United Nations, the first North Korean to do so in 15 years, and on Friday, he wrapped up 10 days in Russia.

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