Like a lot of what goes on in North Korea, little is really identified about Kim Yong Chol — the previous spy chief who plans to satisfy with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York this week.
However observers of the reclusive North, together with the Wilson Middle’s Jean Lee, imagine “Kim Yong Chol is the person who whispers in Kim Jong Un’s ear. Not solely does he advise him on technique, however he additionally conveys the chief’s calls for.”
Kim Yong Chol’s quite a few titles and positions in North Korea make him one of many nation’s strongest people. His duties embrace director of intelligence and chief of South Korean relations.
He was beforehand head of a prime North Korean navy intelligence company. Seoul has accused him of masterminding the sinking of a South Korean navy ship in 2010, drowning 46 sailors.
The USA believes Kim was accountable for an alleged 2014 North Korean cyberattack on Sony Footage in response to the comedy “The Interview,” a few plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
The North denied each incidents.
The USA focused Kim Yong Chol with sanctions. He would want a journey waiver to come back to New York.
The North Korea Management Watch web site described Kim Yong Chol as sarcastic, onerous to work with, and considerably unbiased as a result of it mentioned he’s “not correctly deferential to his superiors.”
The web site additionally described him as a extremely smart, competent and uncorrupt supervisor.