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New Images Appear to Contradict Reports of Killings of High-Level North Korean Officials

HeadlineJun 04, 2019

CNN is reporting North Korea’s special envoy to the United States, Kim Hyok-chol, is alive, in North Korean state custody and under investigation for his role in failed talks with the Trump administration on denuclearization. This contradicts a report by a South Korean newspaper last week that Kim was shot to death by a firing squad in March along with four other Foreign Ministry workers after President Trump walked away from the summit without a deal. On Sunday, North Korean state media published a photo appearing to show North Korea’s chief negotiator, Kim Yong-chol, attending a recent art performance alongside leader Kim Jong-un—contradicting recent reports that he had been purged. Meanwhile, North Korean media reported Kim Jong-un’s sister attended a performance at a Pyongyang stadium this week; it was the first time she’d been seen in public in three months.

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