Liberty Korea Post learned from its source inside North Korea via telephone that Kim Hyok-chol, a North Korean diplomat, had not been executed, but excommunicated from KWP (Korean Workers Party).
Terminated from his diplomatic post, Kim is undergoing revolutionary education at the moment. He is not incarcerated at a political prisoners camp.
There have been various media reports concerning Kim’s execution due to his role in the failed summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in February.
Kim Jong-un had tapped on Kim Hyok-chol to lead the nuclear negotiations at the working level ahead of the Hanoi summit.
According to the source, Kim Hoyk-chol received an email from his American counterpart with a suggestion to put “Yongbyon + alpha” as an item for the summit agenda. For some unknown reason, Kim Hyok-chol did not pass on the email to his superiors.
The source stated that the Americans followed up with another email concerning “Yongbyon + alpha.” So, Kim Hyok-chol rushed an urgent email to Kim Yo-jong. However, the message didn't reach Kim Jong-un in time. Kim Jong-un was prepared to propose dismantling Yongbyon in exchange for sanctions lifting. So, when the topic of “Yongbyon + alpha” came up, Kim Jong-un was lost.
According to the source, Kim Hyok-chol turned himself into State Security Agency on his return to Pyongyang after the Hanoi summit and offered self-criticism. Kim Yo-jong came to his aid, pointing out that his mistake was unintentional.
The source added that Kim Hyok-chol avoided harsh punishment because of Kim Yo-jong’s intervention. Furthermore, his father has been a diplomat as well, and an excessive punishment would have caused havoc among the diplomats and foreign service personnel.