Reports top NoKo officials were executed over ‘failed’ Trump summit raises international eyebrows

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has allegedly executed at least five of his officials over their inability to secure a deal with President Donald Trump at the summit in Vietnam three months ago.

According to a startling report published Friday by The Chosun Ilbo, one of South Korea’s top newspapers, North Korean negotiator Kim Hyok Chol and four other senior officials were killed by a firing squad roughly a month after the famous summit.

“Kim Hyok Chol, who led working-level negotiations for the February summit in Hanoi, was executed by firing squad after being charged with espionage after allegedly being co-opted by the U.S., the newspaper said Friday, citing an unidentified source,” Bloomberg reported.

The Chosun Ilbo’s source claims that the executions were part of a wider purge designed to thwart “internal unrest and mounting public dissatisfaction over the failed summit.”

To be clear, the summit wasn’t technically a failure.

During the summit in Hanoi on Feb. 28, the president prematurely walked away from the negotiating table and took off after the North Korean dictator demanded that he lift all economic sanctions on the hermit kingdom in exchange for the shuttering of just one nuclear facility.

“Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the United States wasn’t willing to make a deal without the North committing to giving up its secretive nuclear facilities outside [the] Yongbyon [facility], as well as its missile and warheads program,” Fox News reported at the time.

“Sometimes you have to walk,” the president said at a press conference afterward.

“It was about the sanctions,” he added. “Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that. They were willing to de-nuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that.”

As he made clear in the tweet posted above, however, he was willing to continue negotiations, albeit not necessarily in person. The full presser may be seen below:

Meanwhile, Kim’s former top aide, Kim Yong Chol, who was reportedly also involved in the failed summit, has allegedly been forced to perform hard labor in Jagang Province.

Even Kim’s interpreter during the summit, Kim Song Hye, has been unable to avoid being punished over what appears to be nothing. The Chosen Sun notes that he’s allegedly been relocated to a prison camp for “tarnishing” Kim Jong Un’s authority by allegedly making one interpretation error.

Are any of these reports true, though? Not necessarily.

Speaking with Bloomberg, professor Kim Dong Yub of Kyungnam University’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies in South Korea speculated that the information provided to The Chosun Ilbo by an unidentified source may have been part of a misinformation campaign.

The evidence, he argued, is that this information allegedly makes Kim look extraordinarily bad.

“It would mean that Kim Jong Un’s admitting to his own failure,” Kim Dong Yub said, adding that this information “could damage Kim’s authority on his own leadership” and that this is “a risk that he is highly unlikely to take.”

But given how many other officials Kim Jong Un has executed, Kim Dong Yub’s own thesis admittedly sounds “highly unlikely.”


If the report from The Chosun Ilbo is true, it means two things. First, it may be awhile before North Korea is able to resume negotiations, given that its negotiators are dead. And second, Kim Jong Un is an extremely vile and disgusting human being. This should never be forgotten.

What the report doesn’t mean is that Trump is somehow to blame for the negotiators’ deaths. Kim is, has been and will always be evil. Moreover, there appears to be nothing Trump can do to stop him from mistreating his own people. What the president can and has successfully been doing is making sure Kim’s insanity remains constrained within North Korea.

Case in point: He’s mandated that North Korea not pose a threat to any other nation, and according to him, so far the hermit kingdom has been meeting this stipulation just fine.

“All I know is there have been no nuclear tests, no ballistic missiles going out, no long-range missiles going out and I think that someday we’ll have a deal,” he explained to the media this week.



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