Seoul: As per reports of a South Korean newspaper on Friday, North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
The Chosun Ilbo newspaper said Kim Hyok Chol, who laid the groundwork for the Hanoi meeting and accompanied Kim on his private train, was executed by firing squad for "betraying the supreme leader" after he was turned by the US.
The newspaper said, “Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport along with four senior foreign ministry officials following an investigation.”
Kim Hyok Chol was the North's counterpart of US special representative Stephen Biegun in the run-up to the Hanoi summit in February.
However, South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, declined to comment on the report.
The report also said Kim Jong Un's interpreter Shin Hye Yong was sent to a prison camp for a mistake at the summit.