Five North Korean officials have been executed for a failed U.S.–North Korea Summit in Hanoi, according to South Korea Chosun newspaper.
Those who were executed were a top nuclear envoy to the U.S. Kim Hyok Chol, and other officials from the Foreign Ministry. The translator for North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Un, Shin Hye-yong, who made a serious translation mistake during the summit, was taken to a political prison.
Also, according to Chosun, Kim’s top aide, Kim Yong Chol, who was also involved in the summit, is reportedly doing hard labor.
Kim Yong Chol was the leader’s top trusted adviser and nuclear negotiator for the North Korean regime with the United States. He traveled back and forth between North Korea and the United States preparing for the summit. He even met President Trump to deliver Kim’s letter.
However, some past news regarding North Korea’s execution of top officials from South Korea media turned out to be false. Some official resurfaced after a period of time from spotlight on North Korean state media.
The U.S.–North Korea Summit held in February in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended abruptly without reaching an agreement.
Kim had hoped to reach a deal that would end their nuclear program in exchange for the U.S. lifting its sanctions over the regime.
There have no further talks since the failed summit.
It is speculated that Kim is conducting a widespread internal purge in the regime and is attempting to distance himself from the failed summit.
According to Bloomberg, Rodong Sinmun of North Korea, one of its most prominent dailies, published an editorial Thursday using language similar to previous opinion pieces coinciding with executions.
“Those that pretend to serve the leader to his face and have different goals and dream different dreams behind his back, those that have thrown away their loyalty and ethics, those who are anti-party, anti-revolution, cannot escape a heavy judgement,” it said.
The terms “anti-party,” and “anti-revolution” were last used by the paper last at the execution of Jang Song Thaek, Kim’s uncle.
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