Why Kim Yong-chol, the loyal former North Korean spy chief holding talks in US, may have blood on his hands

When Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man, General Kim Yong-chol, arrived in New York on Wednesday, he was the most senior North Korean to visit the US since 2000. 

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The former spy chief turned top nuclear negotiator is considered to be one of the most influential North Korean officials outside of the Kim family dynasty – but he is also highly controversial. 

Officially the vice-chairman of the central committee of North Korea’s all-powerful Workers’ Party, the general is known to be a key military strategist for the regime and has been spotted at Kim Jong-un’s side at his landmark meetings this year. 

Mr Kim was one of the advisers at the top table during the young leader’s historic summit with Moon…

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