Senior North Korean official appears in state media days after purge report

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's sister has appeared in public for the first time in nearly two months and shortly after a South Korean report that she had been temporarily demoted following the failed Hanoi summit, state-media media reported on Tuesday.

The official Korean Central News Agency said the performers on Monday showed "beautiful and graceful rhythmic movements, high-spirited gymnastics, interesting national emotion and rich artistic depiction", but also that Kim Jong Un was quite unhappy about their display.

Analysts said Kim Jong Un may have overplayed his hand by seeking too much sanctions relief and offering too few nuclear disarmament steps in return.

A person walks past a banner showing North Korean and U.S. flags ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Kim Yong Ju, the brother of Kim Il Sung - North Korea's founder and the grandfather of Kim Jong Un - disappeared for almost two decades. North Korea test-fired short-range ballistic missiles last month, worrying numerous country's neighbors.

Also present at the event were senior government officials including Kim Yong-chol, the North's counterpart to USA secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, in nuclear talks.

When asked about Kim Yong Chol's reappearance in public, Lee Sang-min, spokesman for Seoul's Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, said the ministry would not comment on a "specific internal event in North Korea or its participants".

The appearance followed conflicting reports of shakeups in the team that led engagement with the United States previous year, only for nuclear talks to collapse after Kim and US President Donald Trump failed to reach a pact in February.

It also comes after Kim Yong-chol, North Korea's top diplomat and right-hand man during the negotiations, was seen at another public event on Sunday after reports suggested that he was also in a labour camp. The stories are based on a report in the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, which cited a single anonymous source.

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Her appearance come as CNN exclusively revealed that North Korean special envoy to the US, Kim Hyok Chol, is still alive and under investigation for his role in the failed Hanoi summit.

"The U.S. would be well-advised to change its current method of calculation and respond to our request as soon as possible", the official said in the statement.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo last week claimed that the senior official had been sentenced to hard labour and ideological re-education.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling reporters in Berlin that the USA was "doing our best to check it out".

In one of the images, Mr Kim appears to be covering his face as the other onlookers - including Kim Jong-un - smile and clap.

Speculation has swirled for months about the fate of Kim Hyok Chol, who hasn't received any recent mentions in state media dispatches.

"If Kim has not given up on negotiations with the U.S., it is unlikely that he will impose such extreme punishment", he said.

"It's true that Kim Jong Un turns to purges and fear politics to solidify his absolute power", he said.

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