Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered the execution of four top officials earlier this year after a second summit with the Trump administration failed to see both nations reach a deal on denuclearization, reports Bloomberg News reported Thursday citing a South Korean newspaper.
The news outlet reported that Kim Hyok Chol, North Korea’s special envoy to the U.S., was executed in March along with four other North Korean foreign ministry officials involved in the Hanoi, Vietnam, summit.
A fifth official, Kim Jong Un’s top deputy, Kim Yong Chol, has reportedly been sentenced to hard labor, according the South Korean newspaper report
President Trump drew widespread criticism earlier this week when he ripped into Joe Biden during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, agreeing with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s characterization of the former vice president as “low IQ.”
Asked whether he was siding with a foreign dictator over a vice president from his own country, Trump doubled down on his attacks.
“Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is based on his record. I think I agree with him on that,” Trump said while standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Last year, Trump said he fell “in love” with the North Korean dictator.
“I was really being tough and so was he,” Trump said at a rally. “And we would go back and forth. And then we fell in love. No really. He wrote me beautiful letters.”
“They were great letters. And then we fell in love,” he continued.
Trump has previously called Kim, who has murdered family members and dissenters with anti-aircraft guns and other assassinations, a “smart cookie.”