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US checking reports of North Korean envoy's execution: Pompeo

File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Berlin, Germany May 31, 2019, 05.23 PM (IST)

The United States is attempting to check on reports that a senior North Korean official involved in Pyongyang's non-proliferation talks with Washington has been executed, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

"We've seen the reporting to which you are referring," Pompeo told a news conference in Berlin in answer to a reporter's question. "We're doing our best to check it out. I don't have anything else to add to that today."

Earlier on Friday, a South Korean newspaper reported that nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Choi had been executed as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

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'We've seen the reporting to which you are referring,' Pompeo told a news conference in Berlin in answer to a reporter's question.