The diplomats from Northern Korea were executed due to failure of the second summit between DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump on February 2019, as the Chosun Ilbo reports.
According to the report, DPRK Special Representative for the USA Kim Hyok-chol and four more senior diplomats were sentenced to execution.
“Kim Yong-chol was sent to hard labor, while Kim Song-hye of the United Front Department was sent to a political prison camp. Kim Jong-un's interpreter at the summit, Shin Hye-yong, was accused of "tarnishing the authority" of the leader for an interpreting error and is also believed to have been sent to a prison camp”, the report said.
According to the report, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un ordered to shoot diplomats on charges of spying for America at Mirim Airport at the south of Pyongyang in March.
Trump and Kim have met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore in June, building goodwill but failing to agree on a deal to lift sanctions in exchange for North Korea abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.
Trump later issued a statement on Twitter that underscored the strength of his personal relationship with Kim and pointed to what he called North Korea’s “tremendous potential” for economic success, once the issue of Pyongyang’s weapons programs has been resolved.
In his speech, the North Korean leader said the outcome in Hanoi led him to question the strategy he embraced last year of international engagement and talks with the United States.