Global  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> > >

North Korea diplomats sidelined ahead of talks

Video Credit: Reuters Studio - Duration: 01:46s - Published < > Embed
North Korea diplomats sidelined ahead of talks

North Korea diplomats sidelined ahead of talks

Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States.

Zachary Goelman reports.

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

North Korea diplomats sidelined ahead of talks

Ahead of a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is re-shuffling and in some cases purging top diplomats from his ranks.

Those sidelined include Choe Son Hui, seen here in in Singapore helping lay the groundwork for Kim's historic first meeting with Trump.

Choe, as Vice Foreign Minister, traveled to Beijing and Moscow last October.

But she's been replaced by little-known Kim Hyok Chol, who now spearheads talks with U.S. nuclear envoy Stephen Biegun.

Others have met a harsh fate, such as Han Song Ryol.

One of the North's best-known envoys, Han for years manned the so-called "New York channel" a key conduit between Washington and Pyongyang.

But he's been out of the public eye for the past year.

A diplomatic source told Reuters Han was purged after being accused of spying for the U.S. and embezzling funds.

A former North Korean diplomat-turned-defector said he believes Han was likely sent to a labor camp or executed.

An official at South Korea's Unification Ministry said the reports on Han could not be confirmed.

But a South Korean official said that Pyongyang is reshuffling its diplomats as Kim Jong Un questions their loyalty and ideological commitment.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "I think that North Korea and Chairman Kim have some very positive things in mind and we'll soon find out." Trump has repeatedly praised the North Korean dictator since the two agreed to meet last June.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "We've really established a very good relationship.

A lot of good things are happening." A 2017 report by a defector-run think tank in Seoul said more than 70 officials have been executed since Kim took power in late 2011.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "He wrote me beautiful letters, and they're great letters.

We fell in love." The leaders are set to meet again in Hanoi next week.



Recent related news from verified sources

North Korea considering suspending nuclear talks with US

SEOUL - North Korea is considering suspending denuclearisation talks with Washington after the Hanoi...
Bangkok Post - Published Also reported by •WorldNewsReuters IndiaSifyMENAFN.comBBC News


U.S. hopes to continue talks with North Korea: Pompeo

The United States is hopeful that it can continue to hold denuclearization talks with North Korea,...
Reuters - Published

Kim rethinking U.S. talks, launch moratorium, North Korea official says

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon make a decision on whether to...
Denver Post - Published

North Korea may suspend talks with 'gangster-like' U.S., rethink nuclear test freeze

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a freeze on...
Reuters India - Published Also reported by •Reuters



You Might Like


Tweets about this


Recent related videos from verified sources

Trump Contradicts New Sanctions On North Korea By Saying He Will Withdraw Them [Video]Trump Contradicts New Sanctions On North Korea By Saying He Will Withdraw Them

President Donald Trump caused confusion among his administration officials. Trump said he would withdraw new sanctions on North Korea that were issued by his own people. According to CNN, this..

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 00:32Published

Trump Withdraws New North Korean Sanctions [Video]Trump Withdraws New North Korean Sanctions

Reuters reports U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday reversed North Korea sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department one day earlier. The White House said he withdrew the sanctions because he..

Credit: Wochit     Duration: 00:53Published

Trump Makes Decision To Withdraw Recent Sanctions Related To North Korea [Video]Trump Makes Decision To Withdraw Recent Sanctions Related To North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ordering the withdrawal of recently announced North Korea-related sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department. β€œIt was announced today by the..

Credit: Wochit     Duration: 00:38Published

North Korea quits liaison office with South [Video]North Korea quits liaison office with South

North Korea has pulled out of a liaison office with the South, in a major setback for Seoul, just hours after the United States imposed the first new sanctions on the North since the second U.S.-North..

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 01:28Published

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.