North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un had five members of a convoy executed back in March after the failed, highly-anticipated Kim-Trump summit. South Korea’s newspaper Chosun Ilbo made the claim on Friday according to USA Today (@usatoday). Kim Hyok Chol and four other members of the negotiating envoy were allegedly executed by firing squad back in March on Chairman Kim’s orders. Chosun Ilbo said the claim came from an unidentified source inside North Korea. South Korea’s government was not able to confirm the claim. North Korea has not confirmed or denied the claim.
Chosen Ilbo is one of South Korea’s largest newspapers. Even still, some people say that it’s virtually impossible to obtain information coming out of North Korea because of how closely the country guards its secrets.
According to the newspaper, Kim Hyok Chol and four other senior officials were accused of spying for the United States. The five were allegedly executed after the group failed to reach a deal with U.S negotiators led by Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo. North Korea was demanding sanctions relief, while the United States were demanding complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. A deal was never struck. When asked about the report from the South Korean newspaper during a news conference in Berlin on Friday, Secretary Of State Pompeo said the United States was “doing our best to check it out.”