SOUTH KOREA - A South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, has reported that North Korea has executed several officials involved in working level talks before the Hanoi Trump-Kim summit. including Kim Hyok Chol the former ambassador to Spain who had briefly served as Steve Biegun’s counterpart.
According to the paper, Kim Yong Chol, the official who oversaw much of last years talks and met with Trump at the WH, was sentenced to hard labor and political re-education.
An unnamed North Korean source, who obviously wanted to remain anonymous has said that they were charged with spying for the U.S. "Kim Hyok Chol was investigated and executed at Mirim Airport with four foreign ministry officials in March,"
In addition, Shin Hye Yong, the interpreter for Kim Jong Un at the Hanoi meeting, is also rumored to have been detained in a political prison camp, namely for undermining the authority of Kim Jong Un by making a critical interpretation mistake, the Chosun Ilbo has reported.
Sometimes reports on North Korea have been proven to be overblown or false, but this type of punishment is common in North Korea, even if some of this report is proven to be false.