President Donald Trump says he is not happy about the recent military tests in North Korea. At the same time, the US sent an aircraft carrier group to the Persian Gulf because the Iranians "threatened". (May 9th)
North Korea has directed its Special Representative on Nuclear Weapons as part of a clean-up of senior officials over failed summit meeting between Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, according to South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo on Friday.
Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March along with four other State Department officials, citing an unidentified North Korean source of firing squads.
North Korea has neither confirmed nor denied the report. The South Korean government could not confirm the claim. Previous media reports on the fate of North Korean officials who have disobeyed Pyongyang's leaders have proven wrong.
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Chosun Ilbo reported that Kim Hyok Chol and the other senior officials were shot after being accused of spying for the United States. The newspaper reported that Kim Jong Un had ordered the cleansing, although the Hanoi summit was increasingly unhappy – for the second time, Kim and Trump met for personal talks. In Vietnam, they failed to reach an agreement as conflicts over the White House's demand for complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and demands for sanctions from North Korea came up.
Since then there has been a diplomatic stalemate between Pyongyang and Washington in North Korea Resumption of testing short ballistic missiles rockets, at the end of 2017, a start pause. The tests are seen as a way for Kim to pressure Trump to ease the sanctions without the negotiations actually collapsing.
There was no immediate response to Chosun Ilbo's report from the White House.
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"North Korea has fired some small weapons that bothered some of my people and others, but not me." Trump tweeted during a recent trip to Japan.
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