Pompeo on possible North Korean execution: 'We're doing our best to check it out'

Pompeo on possible North Korean execution: 'We're doing our best to check it out'
© Getty Images

The U.S. is looking into reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea's Kim makes second visit to sacred mountain ahead of denuclearization deadline North Korea: US will choose what 'Christmas gift' it wants Trump resurrects 'Rocket Man' nickname for North Korean leader MORE executed top North Korean officials in March after a failed summit with President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE.

“We’ve seen the reporting to which you are referring,” Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS, Sudan to exchange ambassadors for first time in decades Iran expert: Trump's foreign policy approach aimed at instigating 'unrest' Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats MORE said at a news conference in Berlin, according to Reuters. “We’re doing our best to check it out. I don’t have anything else to add to that today.”


A South Korean newspaper reported Thursday 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 February summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. A fifth official was reportedly sentenced to hard labor.

In February, Kim Jong Un and Trump met for a second summit that resulted in no agreement on denuclearization.

Trump called the summit "very productive" but said "they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that."