Reunification of the Korean peninsula is set to happen in 5 years or even sooner.
That's what former North Korean deputy ambassador to London, Thae Yong-ho, told Arirang TV chief news anchor Moon Conn-young during an exclusive interview.
Thae said North Korea as we know it will cease to exist as soon as the Kim Jong-un regime crumbles down.
"Right now, all North Korea people, and high-ranking officials know quite well that the current hereditary system has nothing to do with true communism. There is no more any Kim family member after Kim Jong-un. When Kim Jong-un goes out, then I can say that reunification will come."
The former diplomat added the reunification of the two Koreas is more feasible than ever, as there's no other person in the Kim family to succeed Kim Jong-un's position.
Thae entered South Korea in August last year, and revealed that his disillusionment with Kim's reign of terror prompted his defection.
Thae is the highest ranking official, since Hwang Jang-yop, largely considered the author of the North Korean Juche ideology, defected in 1997.
And since his arrival in South Korea, Thae has been expressing his willingness to devote the rest of his life to the reunification of the Korean peninsula.
"Many people don't have any hope for reunification, and the recent poll shows that only 63-67 of general public support reunification. But my personal determination is to try every possibility to reunify the country in 5 years."
Through the hour-long dialogue with Arirang TV, the former North Korean diplomat shares his insights as well as details of life under the Kim Jong-un regime.
The exclusive interview will be aired at 9 PM on Tuesday January 24, Korea time.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.