Kim Hyok-chol, North Korea's lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the US, arrives on Beijing on Tuesday on his way to Hanoi. The little-known diplomat’s star has risen as leader Kim Jong-un grows suspicious of the diplomatic old guard. Photo: Kyodo

Nervous Kim Jong-un, rattled by defections and spying allegations, shuffles North Korea’s team for nuclear talks with US

  • Veteran diplomats have been sidelined or purged from nuclear talks with the US, ahead of a second summit with Donald Trump
  • Two defections have fuelled Kim Jong-un’s suspicions about the old guard of diplomats - and led to the rise of little known Kim Hyok-chol to spearhead the talks
Topic |   North Korea

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Kim Hyok-chol, North Korea's lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the US, arrives on Beijing on Tuesday on his way to Hanoi. The little-known diplomat’s star has risen as leader Kim Jong-un grows suspicious of the diplomatic old guard. Photo: Kyodo
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves from his train in Beijing. Photo: AP

Kim Jong-un unlikely to travel exclusively by rail to Hanoi for Trump-Kim summit 2019: sources

  • A South Korean official said rail routes from China to Hanoi were ‘well-exposed’ to public and were ‘not ideal for security’
Topic |   Trump-Kim summit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves from his train in Beijing. Photo: AP
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