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North Korea executed Kim Hyok Chol, its special envoy to the United States, and foreign ministry officials who carried out working-level negotiations for the second U.S.-North Korea summit in February, holding them responsible for its collapse, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday.


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On 5/30/2019 at 4:24 PM, CitizenVectron said:

Now, North Korean state media outlets have shown Kim Yong Chol, sitting five seats down from Kim Jong Un at an event where the wives of military officers gave an artistic performance. While everyone else was applauding, Kim Yong Chol was shown with his hands on his face, although he was easily recognizable.

Rachel Minyoung Lee, an analyst with the North Korea-focused website NK Pro, said Kim Yong Chol was named among the attendees as his position in the Politburo would merit, implying no formal demotion in rank — 10th among the 12 officials listed in order of seniority.

But Lee said the fact that Kim Yong Chol did not accompany his leader to Russia — and that he earlier reportedly had been replaced as head of the United Front Department, a ruling-party body in charge of ties with South Korea — implied “a demotion in a way.”

The idea that Kim Yong Chol had been purged also appeared to be contradicted by his being listed as having been reelected to the Supreme People’s Assembly, the country’s rubber-stamp parliament, and to the State Affairs Commission, a key decision-making body, in mid-April, the NK News website, the sister site to NK Pro, pointed out.




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