Kim Hyok Chol Biography
Kim Hyok Chol, the envoy for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has been executed due to the tyrant’s anger over the failed summit with President Donald Trump, Reuters is reporting.
Kim Jong-un is believed to be carrying out a massive purge following the failed U.S.-North Korea summit earlier this year after a special envoy to the United States and four foreign ministry officials were executed because they were held responsible for its collapse.
One of President Trump’s North Korean buddies – nuclear envoy Kim Hyok-chol (in the far background) has reportedly been executed, along w/four other top NoKo officials, amid the collapse of talks w/U.S. (a South Korean newspaper claims) (Jan. 18 Photo/White House) pic.twitter.com/wow34ZZBE2
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The special envoy, Kim Hyok Chol, as well as the four officials who carried out working-level negotiations for the second summit are said to have been executed in March, the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Friday.
They were also reportedly charged with spying for the United States prior to their executions.
‘Kim Hyok Chol was investigated and executed at Mirim Airport with four foreign ministry officials in March,’ an unnamed North Korea source said, according to the newspaper.
Kim Hyok Chol Negotiations’ During the Summit
Kim Hyok Chol was a major player during the second summit between Kim and Trump, handling “working level negotiations,” according to Reuters. However, he fell out of the dictator’s favor when the summit with Trump imploded, reports say.
Kim Hyok Chol was executed by firing squad “after being charged with espionage for allegedly being co-opted by the U.S.,” Bloomberg reported.
According to the Guardian, before being executed, he was subjected to ideological indoctrination and forced labor. Kim was one of four officials executed at an airport, reports The Hill.
Kim Hyok Chol Took Over as the Result of Another Purge
According to Japan Times, Kim Hyok Chol, perhaps ironically, was named to Kim’s negotiating team after a purge between the first and second summit with Trump.
In addition, he came on board after a series of espionage claims and disappearances involving other top leaders in the North Korean regime, reports South China Morning Post, which highlights Kim Jong-un’s longstanding distrust in career diplomats.
The site reported that Kim undertook the first purge to get rid of people who were close to his father.
Kim Hyok Chol Was North Korea’s Ambassador to Spain
Before he became involved in negotiations with Kim Jong-un and Trump, Kim Hyok Chol served as North Korea’s ambassador to Spain, according to the site The Diplomat in Spain. According to Japan Times, he was “expelled in 2017 after North Korean nuclear and missile tests” and started working for an organization called the State Affairs Commission.
The Guardian reports that Kim Hyok Chol was “credited with paving the way for nuclear talks” with the United States before Kim turned on him and blamed him for the implosion of talks with Trump.
Guardian describes Kim Hyok Chol as “US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s counterpart” during the negotiations.
Kim Hyok Chol Was a Little Known Figure Before His Involvement in the Summit
Although he was dubbed a “skilled rhetorician,” Kim Hyok Chol was such an unknown figure when he was tapped to spearhead the American summit negotiations, that a South Korean newspaper drew a circle around him in a video to question who he was, according to Bloomberg.
He was believed to be in his 40s, according to Japan Times.
“Kim Hyok-chol is a career diplomat too, but he apparently has passed a loyalty test to become the point man in the negotiations,” a source told China Morning Post.
Fast Fact you Need to Know
- Kim Jong-un is believed to be carrying out a massive purge following the failed U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam earlier this year
- Kim Hyok Chol, a special envoy to the U.S., was executed in March, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Friday
- Four other foreign ministry officials who carried out working-level negotiations for the summit, were also executed
- They were among those who were held responsible for the summit’s collapse
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