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North Korea has executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as well as four Foreign Ministry officials who carried out negotiations for the Hanoi summit with US President Donald Trump in February, holding them responsible for its collapse, according to a South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo.
Kim Hyok-chol was executed at Mirim Airport in Pyongyang, along with four Foreign Ministry executives, in March after they were all charged with spying for the United States, the Chosun Ilbo reported, citing an unidentified North Korean source.
“He was accused of spying for the United States for poorly reporting on the negotiations without properly grasping US intentions,” the source was quoted as saying.
The Chosun Ilbo also reported that Kim Yong Chol, a top North Korean nuclear negotiator, had been sentenced to hard labor and ideological reeducation. Kim Yong Chol had been one of the most visible members of the North Korean negotiating team, even meeting with Trump at the White House.
The newspaper cited a single unnamed source “who knows about North Korea.”
In 2013, South Korea’s intelligence service was the first to report the execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who had been purged from the leadership ranks. Subsequent media reports — now believed to be false — said that he was killed by being fed to pack of wild dogs.
The Chosun Ilbo newspaper — which also had Friday’s purported scoop — reported in 2013 that Hyon Song Wol, a North Korean artist it described as Kim Jong Un’s “ex-girlfriend,” had been executed in public over accusations that she and other performers had sold pornographic videos. At least part of that story later proved to be demonstratively untrue: Hyon made a two-day visit to Seoul in January 2018, very much alive.
Chosun Ilbo has been arounds since 1920.
Originally set up to fight against Japanese occupation of Korea
But a recording of her abusing him was leaked and the son resigned from the TV station.
The Korea Herald published the recording.
Bang Sang-Hoon has also been named in the death of SoutH Korean actress Jang Ja-yeon
She was a big TV star who committed suicide in 2009.
The investigation into her death was corrupt and a new investigation was opened in 2019
An alleged suicide note left by Jang describes how she was beaten by her agent, and forced to entertain and have sex with a string of VIPs, including directors, media executives and CEOs
Including Mr Bang Sang-hoon
Former police chief said the paper put huge pressure on him not to investigate
Part of the Burning Sun scandal
Broke this year
Burning Sun is a nightclub in Gangam
Sex scandal involved several celebrities, including Korean idols in popular K-pop groups, and police officials
The allegations of sex crimes involved added to the country’s “epidemic” of what is called molka, a Korean word for the online distribution of unconsented sex videos taken of women
club’s alleged involvement in prostitution, drug trafficking and police corruption
Seungri of the band Big Bang, “Kings of K-pop”, one of the club’s executive directors, subsequently resigned from the entertainment industry, after being charged with sex bribery.
The scandal quickly encompassed allegations of rape and spy cams when singer and entertainer Jung Joon-young confessed to secretly filming himself having sex with women and sharing the videos, without their knowledge or consent.
South Korea has its share of weird scandals
In 2016 its first female president Park Geun-hye was brought down in a corruption scandal
And her involvement in a pseudo-Christian cult
Her father was President in the 70s
He and his wife were both assassinated
After she was impeached, she was charged with bribery, abusing state power and leaking state secrets.
Got 25 years.
The CEO of Samsung got caught up in it.
In August 2017, Samsung’s de facto head, Lee Jae-yong, was jailed for five years for bribery and embezzlement.
Lee was convicted over payments of 43bn won ($36.4m; £30.3m) made to the cult leader, a woman, Choi Soon-sil, who was the President’s adviser.
She was sentenced to 20 years.
So who stands to benefit from these NK stories?
And if Kim / NK is genuinely crazy, why make up stories?
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As Vox reported on Monday, “Bolton has staffed up the NSC with people who share his views. Last week, he hired Richard Goldberg, a noted Iran hawk, to run the administration’s pressure campaign against the country.”
trade war of the United States with China, the European Union and Mexico
Brent crude prices have dropped almost 20% from their 2018 peak as global supplies tighten following output curbs by OPEC and Russia, as well as a drop in Iranian exports, due to U.S. sanctions, and Venezuelan production.
So if countries can’t buy oil from VZ or Iran, where do they buy it?
US or Saudi or Russia.
Remember Sunni vs Shia
President Rouhani wrote an article clearly stating Iran’s position about nuclear weapons:
We are committed not to work toward developing and producing a nuclear bomb. As enunciated in the fatwa issued by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, we strongly believe that the development, production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons are contrary to Islamic norms. We never even contemplated the option of acquiring nuclear weapons, because we believe that such weapons could undermine our national-security interests; as a result, they have no place in Iran’s security doctrine. Even the perception that Iran may develop nuclear weapons is detrimental to our security and overall national interest.