‘Executed’ North Korean official still alive, another shows up at concert

A report that a number of North Korean officers have been executed over the failed February summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi had unfold like wildfire in Western media, till one in all them turned up alive.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported final week that nuclear envoy Kim Hyok-chol had been executed and former spy chief Kim Yong-chol despatched to a labor camp, as a result of Trump had walked out of peace talks in Hanoi and rejected North Korean requests for restricted sanctions reduction.

The report unfold far and huge, shared as proof that Trump’s diplomacy with Kim had failed. With Pyongyang tight-lipped as traditional, the destiny of the officers remained shrouded in thriller and the topic of breathless hypothesis.

On Tuesday, nevertheless, CNN reported that Kim Hyok-chol is actually alive. Reporter Will Ripley cited nameless sources to say that the official stays in custody and underneath investigation for his function within the failed summit, and will still face “heavy punishment.”

Another negotiator, Kim Song-hye, and translator Sin Hye-yong are additionally in custody, Ripley’s sources mentioned.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Mnday that Kim Yong-chol had attended a concert the day earlier than, with a photograph of the official seated in the identical row as Kim Jong-un. Ripley’s supply mentioned the previous spy chief was being “kept silently in his office writing statements of self-criticism.”

With conflicting info coming from a number of nameless sources, it’s inconceivable to confirm any of those claims, and CNN’s reporting could become as faux as Chosun Ilbo’s.

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