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N Korea at crossroads

How Kim's ultra-dictatorship fuels rumors of North Korean purge

Government reshuffle comes as US negotiations and economy remain stalled

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have used the failed Hanoi summit with the U.S. to tighten his already strong grip on the country.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A recent South Korean media report on a violent purge of senior North Korean officials made headlines around the world.

The report said some officials held responsible for the failed summit in February between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been executed, sent to forced labor camps, or ordered to lie low. Others, however, have been confirmed alive and are still active in government.

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