N.Korea rumored to have executed four officials after failed Hanoi summit
Chris Heron, April 25, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Four North Korean officials have been shot over the collapse of the U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi in February, according to rumors flying around the secretive state.
Asia Press on Wednesday reported rumors that a diplomat from the North Korean Embassy in Hanoi and three other Foreign Ministry officials were executed by firing squad in Pyongyang early this month as senior officials from the Workers Party looked on.
They were accused of taking bribes to leak confidential information to U.S. officials while negotiating the agenda before the summit.
Earlier, the regime reprimanded Kim Hyok-chol, North Korea's top negotiator with the U.S., and Kim Song-hye from the United Front Department, over the failed summit.
Kim Hyok-chol was not on the ballot for elections to the rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly last month.
But Asia Press said the rumors have not been verified, and it is possible the regime is deliberately spreading misinformation in a bid to divert the blame from Kim Jong-un himself.