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'
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The U.S. is looking into reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnBeware the 34th month of Trump's presidency The Trump doctrine: Principled realism or endemic confusion? Stockholm breakdown reflects North Korea's failure to compromise MORE executed top North Korean officials in March after a failed summit with President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE.

“We’ve seen the reporting to which you are referring,” Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoReporter presses Pompeo on whether he met with Giuliani in Warsaw Pompeo: 'I wish the NBA would acknowledge' China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims Dem senator urges Pompeo to fire State official accused of retaliation, harassment 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."