North Korea's former top nuclear envoy is alive and seen with Kim Jong Un
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  • 15:12 03 June 2019

North Korea's former top nuclear envoy is alive and seen with Kim Jong Un

North Korea’s former top nuclear envoy, Kim Yong Chol, accompanied leader Kim Jong Un to an art performance signaling that the former spymaster is alive and remains a force in the power structure, ONA reports citing state news agency KCNA.

Sunday’s appearance followed conflicting reports of shakeups in the team that led engagement with the United States last year, only for nuclear talks to collapse after Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump failed to strike a pact at a February summit.

KCNA named Kim Yong Chol as the 10th person among a group of 12 “leading officials” who accompanied Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, to an amateur art performance by wives of officers in the North Korean Army on Sunday.

On Friday, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo had said Kim Yong Chol, the leader’s righthand man and a counterpart of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before the failed summit, had been sent to a labor and re-education camp, citing an unidentified North Korean source.

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