North Korea envoy executed over failed Trump-Kim summit: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump appears to walk back pledge not to use CIA informants against Kim Jong Un MORE reportedly ordered the execution of several top officials in March after they were unable to reach an agreement with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE at a second summit between the two leaders earlier this year.

Bloomberg News reported Thursday citing a South Korean newspaper that Kim Hyok Chol, North Korea's special envoy to the U.S., was executed in March along with four other North Korean foreign ministry officials involved in the Hanoi, Vietnam, summit.

A fifth official, Kim Jong Un’s top deputy, Kim Yong Chol, has reportedly been sentenced to hard labor, according to the newspaper.

ADVERTISEMENT

An unnamed North Korean source told the Chosun Ilbo newspaper that Kim Yong Chol and four other officials were executed at a North Korean airport for allegedly spying on behalf of the U.S.

“Kim Hyok Chol was investigated and executed at Mirim Airport with four foreign ministry officials in March,” the source said.

A North Korean state-run newspaper reportedly threatened consequences on Thursday for anyone who would "act" as if they were revering the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, while secretly harboring desires for change.

“Acting like one is revering the Leader in front (of others) but dreaming of something else when one turns around, is an anti-Party, anti-revolutionary act that has thrown away the moral fidelity toward the Leader, and such people will not avoid the stern judgment of the revolution," read an article in Rodong Sinmun, according to Reuters.

“There are traitors and turncoats who only memorize words of loyalty toward the Leader and even change according to the trend of the time,” the newspaper's commentary continued.