[Ed. – So this is not good. There can be no excuse for it, of course. But I doubt that it is solely about whatever “reason” the Kim regime is giving. One of Kim’s “closest aides” (Kim Yong-Chol) being sent to a reeducation camp has the whiff of an internal power struggle about it. This apparently happened in March, so it was not due to outcomes from Trump’s visit with Abe in Japan.]
Kim Jong-un is believed to have executed his envoy to the U.S. by firing squad for ‘betraying the supreme leader’ over the failed Hanoi summit in a purge of four other officials.
Kim Hyok Chol, who accompanied Kim on his private train as nuclear envoy at the Vietnam summit with President Donald Trump, was shot for being ‘won over to the US,’ during the nuclear negotiations, Chosun Ilbo reported.
Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport along with four senior foreign ministry officials following an investigation,’ the newspaper quoted an unidentified source as saying.
The other officials were not named, but all allegedly became U.S. ‘spies.’