Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump casts doubt on reports of North Korean executions

Trump casts doubt on reports of North Korean executions

The state news agency KCNA said Kim had "called creators of the performance and seriously criticised them for their wrong spirit of creation and irresponsible work attitude, pointing to the contents and forms of works".

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper had mistakenly reported that Kim Yong-chol had been sent to a labour camp after a second summit between Kim Jong-un and U.S. president Donald Trump broke up without agreement in Hanoi in February. South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo said last week that nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March along with four foreign ministry officials after they were charged with spying for the United States.

The February summit in Vietnam's capital Hanoi, the second between Kim and Trump, failed to reach a deal because of conflicts over US calls for complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.

"According to the White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea 2019 released by the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification, the reclusive regime continues to carry out public executions for "crimes disrupting the socialist order" such as watching or distributing South Korean videos". It typically features 100,000 citizens performing synchronised gymnastic routines in line with North Korean propaganda. Previously, some North Korean officials who were reported to have been executed or purged reappeared later with new titles. "I look forward to seeing him at the appropriate time", Trump said Wednesday.

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The South Korean newspaper said earlier that the former top nuclear negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, had been sent to a labour camp.

North Korea has always been labeled one of the world's worst human rights violators.

The reports said Kim Yo Jong attended North Korea's "mass games" Monday, which attracted political and military leaders. It was Kim's first trip to Russian Federation after he assumed power in 2011.Meanwhile, North Korea has been undertaking various steps to expand its diplomatic outreach with its neighbouring countries, including China and Russian Federation amid the global sanctions imposed on its economy.The sanctions placed on the reclusive state are expected to remain in place due to little progress in denuclearisation talks with the United States.Talks between the two countries hit a roadblock after the second summit in Vietnam ended abruptly with no joint statement being released.

"The Mass Games may be temporarily halted from June 10th due to Kim Jong Un dissatisfaction with the opening performance", Young Pioneer Tours said on Twitter.

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