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Kim Jong Un executes officials after failed US-North Korea summit: Report

The North Korean leader is believed to be carrying out a massive purge to divert attention away from internal turmoil and discontent

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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 US-North Korea summit in February, holding them responsible for its collapse, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday.

Kim Yong Chol, a senior official who had been US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s counterpart in the run-up to the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, is also said to have been subjected to forced labor and ideological education, the Chosun Ilbo reported.

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First Published: May 31 2019 | 7:13 AM IST

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