Supposedly executed former North Korean nuclear envoy is alive

Purged North Korea Official Thought To Be In Labour Camp Re-Appears

Purged North Korea Official Thought To Be In Labour Camp Re-Appears

Japan's policy on North Korea has been coming under increasing scrutiny, particularly after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed willingness to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "without conditions".

But an invitation to join Kim Jong Un in public would likely not be extended to someone who had fallen out of favor.

The powerful younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended a gymnastics performance in Pyongyang, casting further doubt on media speculation he had ordered her to keep a low profile over the failed nuclear summit with Washington. Officials from South Korea and the US couldn't confirm or deny the Chosun Ilbo report, a reflection of the opacity of Kim's regime.

Shin was charged with making critical interpretation mistakes that included missing an unspecified "last-minute offer" the North Korean leader supposedly made as Trump was about to walk out, Chosun reported.

"It's very unlikely for Kim to wield such an extreme punishment unless he has given up on talks with the United States".

Kim Hyok-chol was not among the attendees listed for Sunday's event, but state media have not yet reported any execution or punishment so his whereabouts remain unclear. Assuming the original story about Kim Yong Chol was correct and he really was purged, it seems he's one of the lucky ones: He's alive and his stay in purgatory was short.

Biegun reminded delegates that the USA government is committed to the diplomacy that Trump initiated with the North Korean dictator at their historic first summit in Singapore in June 2018.

The last time Kim Yo-Jong appeared in public was 52 days ago, during the inaugural session of the 14th legislature of the Supreme People's Assembly.

Senior envoy Kim Hyok-chol, who the Chosun Ilbo reported was executed along with four officials for betrayal, has not been seen since the end of Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

However, both South Korean media and the government in Seoul have a history of reporting scoops about the inner workings of North Korea that turn out to be wrong.

Tens of thousands of performers took part in a huge gymnastics show on Monday night in Pyongyang as North Korea's spectacular "Mass Games" propaganda displays began their 2019 run - but not everyone was happy with the display.

Chol had been North Korea's top negotiator and the counterpart of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo since Kim Jong-un entered nuclear talks with the U.S.

The North has since sought to raise the pressure and carried out two short-range missile tests in May.

What had Kim Yong Un and his entourage applauding so enthusiastically was a musical performance by the wives of military officers, in which they sang about how they "make every moment of their lives honorable with ardent yearning for the leader and boundless loyalty to him".

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