April 01, 2023

Skepticism a must as rumors run wild about former North Korean foreign minister

A Japanese outlet claims Ri Yong Ho was executed during long absence, but officials reported dead have reappeared before

Is a North Korean official alive dead or alive? The answer to that seldom matters in the world of DPRK news coverage. Once a senior figure is reported executed or purged by one outlet, the rest of the pack covers regardless.

Now it’s Ri Yong Ho’s turn, North Korea’s former foreign minister.