- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2019

North Korea has reportedly executed several Foreign Ministry officials, including its special envoy to the U.S., over the collapse of dictator Kim Jong-un’s Vietnam summit with President Trump.

“Kim Hyok-chol was investigated and executed at Mirim Airport with four foreign ministry officials in March,” an unnamed North Korean official told a South Korean newspaper for Friday’s editions.

Another official, Kim Yong-chol, was punished with forced labor and “ideological education,” according to the Chosun Ilbo paper.

The Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi collapsed abruptly after the two leaders failed to reach a deal on the denuclearization of North Korea.

Other purge victims, according to a Reuters news agency translation of the Korean newspaper’s report are Kim Song-hye, who helped oversee working-level negotiations, and Shin Hye-yong, Kim Jong-un’s interpreter, who was blamed for a translation error.

Those two individuals have been sent to political prison camps, Chosun Ilbo reported.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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