North Korean official reappears days after reported hard labor sentence

North Korean official reappears days after reported hard labor sentence
© Getty

A top North Korean official involved in this year’s failed summit with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE reappeared in state media photos showing him sitting near Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnA brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats Stephen King says Trump's presidency is 'scarier' than his novels Trump boasts that Kim Jong Un 'was so happy to see me' MORE following reports he was sentenced to hard labor.

The Associated Press reports that the pictures, published on Monday, show Kim Yong Chol sitting five seats away from the North Korean leader at a concert.

ADVERTISEMENT

Reports surfaced last week that Kim Yong Chol had been sentenced to hard labor and several other top officials were executed for their role in nuclear negotiations at the second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

A report from Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, however, listed Kim Yong Chol as an attendee of the concert.

He was a top nuclear negotiator for North Korea and served as the counterpart to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump's Iran policy proves the primacy of US power — but to what end? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke State Department raises concerns about Sweden's treatment of detained American rapper MORE during the summit in February.

The summit ended abruptly after Trump said North Korea was demanding too much in exchange for relief from sanctions imposed by the United States.