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I’m delighted to announce the publication of my latest report entitled The North Korean nuclear dismantlement and the management of its nuclear wastes, prepared for the Boym Institute in Poland, a leading institution in Poland analyzing innovations in Asia.
Hyon Song Wol (born probably in 1977 – sources discuss about 1972 and 1983) is currently a key singer of the Moranbong Band and the Samjiyon Orchestra.
In the 1990’s, she was a member of the Wangjaesan Troup. In 2017 she became a member of the Central Committe of the Workers’ Party of Korea. In June 2018 she ccompanied Kim Jong Un at the Singapore summit.
Her nomination at the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the WPK CC is part of the North Korean political plan to rejuvenate and humanize the fore-front leadership of North Korea. Hyon Song Wol is married to a WPK CC member.
I was recently interviewed by a mainstream Polish radio, regarding the case of the disappeared band of Four: Kim Yong Chol, Kim Hyok Chol, Kim Sung Hye, and Shin Hye Young. The interview is available here.
According to an unidentified and exclusive source of the Chosun Ilbo, the former top nuclear envoy with the U.S. along with four other foreign ministry officials in March were executed after a failed summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Vietnam.
Kim Hyok Chol (his biogram is available here), who led working-level negotiations for the February summit in Hanoi, was supposedly executed by “firing squad” after being charged with espionage for allegedly being co-opted by the U.S.
I would carefull analyze this information as previous reports in South Korea media about senior North Korean officials being executed have proven false. For instance, Kim Jong Gak, a former member of the WPK Politburo and the National Defence Commission, was said to be purged in 2013, but reappeared later as being the dean of the Kim Il Sung University.
The source of the Chosun Ilbo also indicated that other officials were also purged with Kim Hyok Chol. Kim Yong Chol was sent to a labor camp in the Jagang Province. Kim Sung Hye, Kim Hyeok Chol’s assistant and Shin Hye Young were sent to two different political prisons.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump gathered here Tuesday 12/6 for a historic meeting widely expected to open a new chapter in their countries’ relations.
According to the South Korean newspaper “Joongangilbo”, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump both arrived in Singapore on Sunday, setting the stage for their historic summit in the Southeast Asian nation on Tuesday 12/6.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will sit down for a historic summit Friday and will be accompanied by the most powerful officials from both countries. 200 kilometers separate them from Pan Mun-jom, the place where they will meet the South Korean delegation. Kim Jong-un will cross the border at 9.30 a.m. Korean Time. As of the 26th April, The KCNA (the North Korean press agency) is not providing information related to the “historical” trip of Kim Jong-un.
I was recently interviewed by the leading Polish channel TVN24, for a documentary related to the recent visit of Kim Jong-un to China. This TV production is available there.