US to investigate reports N. Korea executed senior diplomat after Hanoi summit failure

Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated within the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated he’s ‘checking it out.’

“We’ve seen the reporting to which you are referring,” Pompeo instructed a information convention in Berlin Friday, answering a query about reports in South Korean media that nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Choi had been executed by Kim Jong Un’s regime.

“We’re doing our best to check it out. I don’t have anything else to add to that today.”

South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo each day reported Thursday on the execution of Choi and 4 different high-level officers, following the breakdown in negotiations on the Hanoi peace summit in February of this 12 months.

For its half, North Korea has but to touch upon the allegations, although the secretive state has used executions to cowl up public failures prior to now.

That stated, South Korean media have beforehand falsely reported that senior officers had been executed, just for them to emerge on state TV after their obvious demise.