|Kim Jong Un (L) and Donald Trump (R)|
According to USA Today, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his special nuclear envoy to the United States executed in March after the failed summit between his country and the U.S.
North Korean newspaper Chosen Ilbo reported the news on Friday.
Kim Hyok Chol was executed by firing squad in March along with four other foreign ministry officials, the paper reported, citing an unidentified North Korean source.
North Korea neither confirmed nor denied the report. South Korea’s government was not able to confirm the claim. Previous media reports about the fate of North Korean officials who have fallen afoul of Pyongyang’s leader have proven to be false.
Chosun Ilbo reported Kim Hyok Chol and the other senior officials were shot after being accused of spying for the United States.
The paper reported Kim Jong Un ordered the purge amid mounting dissatisfaction with the summit in Hanoi – the second time Kim and Trump met for face-to-face talks. In Vietnam, they failed to reach a deal because of conflicts over the White House’s call for complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.
Chol led working-level negotiations for the March nuclear summit.
Donald Trump has repeatedly acknowledged his respect and admiration for the North Korean leader.
Kim Jong Un has executed five top officials for their roles in the Kim-Trump summit negotiations.
But here is Trump professing his love for the Dictator: “We went back and forth, then we fell in love. He wrote me beautiful letters. And they are great letters. We fell in love.” pic.twitter.com/D6IVgBm1pZ
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 31, 2019
The man @realDonaldTrump said he fell in love with has reportedly executed his negotiating team. It's about time Trump realized this isn't a reality show. https://t.co/Re8yqLL5tz— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) May 31, 2019