SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has replaced Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man who steered nuclear talks with the United States, apparently blaming him for a failed summit between the two countries, a South Korean lawmaker said on Wednesday.
Kim Yong Chol was removed as head of the United Front Department, the North Korean Workers’ Party apparatus that traditionally oversees ties with South Korea and increasingly with the United States, Yonhap news agency reported.
He appears to have been “censured” after the second Trump-Kim summit in February failed to reach a deal on the sanctions relief Pyongyang would get in exchange for dismantling its nuclear program, Lee Hye-hoon, head of the parliamentary intelligence committee, told Reuters.
The National Intelligence Service and Unification Ministry, in charge of affairs with the North, declined to comment.
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