N Korea executes special envoy, 4 officials after Hanoi summit failed
Special envoy to the United States Kim Hyok Chol, who laid the groundwork for the Hanoi meet, was executed by a firing squad in March in North Korea. This was after he was ‘won over to the US’ during pre-summit negotiations.
Chol had accompanied Kim Jong Un on his private train and was charged with allegedly ‘betraying the supreme leader’ following the collapse of the second summit between Kim and President Trump. The summit was held in Hanoi, Vietnam in February.
According to reports, Chol was executed along with four senior foreign ministry officials following an investigation at Mirim Airport in March. The names of the four other officials executed have not been disclosed.
Reports also said that Kim’s interpreter Shin Hye Yong was also sent to a prison camp for a mistake she committed at the summit. She failed to translate Kim’s fresh proposal when President Trump declared ‘no deal’ and walked away from the table. The two left Hanoi without striking a deal on rolling back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.