Is Replacement Of North Korea’s Top Envoy For Nuclear Talks With U.S. A ‘Positive Signal’

Kim Yong-chol was dismissed as the chief of the United Front Department. Photo: Reuters

SCMP: Replacement of North Korea’s top envoy for nuclear talks with US a ‘positive signal’, analysts say

* Kim Yong-chol, a senior trusted official, has been sacked as the negotiator for nuclear talks with the US
* But he is likely to retain his high standing in the Workers’ Party, analysts say, as the dismissal indicates diplomacy will be returned to the foreign ministry

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un
has fired his top envoy for nuclear talks with the United States, blaming him for the collapse of the second Trump-Kim summit
in Hanoi, a South Korean lawmaker said on Wednesday, citing security briefings.

Kim Yong-chol, the senior official who delivered Kim’s letters to Trump and has acted as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s counterpart, was dismissed as the chief of the United Front Department, said the head of the South Korean parliament’s intelligence committee Lee Hye-hoon.

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WNU Editor: Too early to say on what changes in North Korea's peace delegation may have in future talks. But this caught my eye .... Kim Jong Un's 'princess' sister was mysteriously absent from his side at North Korea's summit with Putin, further fueling rumors of her demotion (Business Insider).

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