North Korea executed the special envoy to the United States following the failure of the second summit between Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.
Chosun Ilbo reports that the top negotiator for the failed summit with U.S in February was executed a month later. It reports also that the Chairman Kim’s right hand man Kim Yong-chol was sent to a labour and reeducation camp citing a source.
The source said that four other senior officials of North Korea were shot on charges of spying for America on order believed to be from Kim Jong-un in a move to contain “internal unrest and mounting public dissatisfaction over the failed summit”.
“Kim Hyok-chol was investigated and executed at Mirim airport with four foreign ministry officials in March,” an unnamed North Korea source said
Responding to a question in a news conference in Berlin, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “We’ve seen the reporting to which you are referring,” He continued, “We’re doing our best to check it out. I don’t have anything else to add to that today.”