Liberal lawmakers and media outlets have linked the recent defection announcements to what they say is an attempt by the conservative government of South Korean President Park Geun-hye to muster anti-Pyongyang votes ahead of this week's parliamentary elections. The colonel who defected worked for the North Korean military's General Reconnaissance Bureau before fleeing to South Korea, according to Seoul's Defense and Unification ministries.
Both ministries refused to provide further details, including a motive for the defection.
The Unification Ministry said that a North Korean diplomat based in Africa separately defected to South Korea last year. The reconnaissance agency was believed to be behind two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang that killed 50 South Koreans in 2010.
The announcement came three days after Seoul revealed that 13 North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country had defected to the South.
It was the largest group defection since Kim Jong Un, North Korea's young leader, took power in late 2011.
South Korean media reported that the restaurant is located in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo.
Defections are a bitter source of contention between the rival Koreas, and Seoul doesn't always make the high-profile cases public.
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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he visits Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongan province for the testing of a new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 9, 2016.
SEOUL, South Korea - A colonel from North Korea's military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday.
The highest-level North Korean who took asylum in South Korea is Hwang Jang-yop, a senior ruling Workers' Party official who once tutored Kim's late dictator father, Kim Jong Il.