north Korea removed Kim Yong-choi, which is right for the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, from one of his top positions, reports Reuters.
Kim Yong-choi has been removed as the head of The United Front Department, which handles North korea's relations to south Korea and, increasingly, to the UNITED states.
Kim Yong-choi has been a counterpart to the UNITED states secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and he has several times been North korea's special envoy to Washington in connection with the preparation of summits between Trump and Kim Jong-un.
The south Korean news agency Yonhap writes that Kim Yong-choi is removed from the topposten. The news agency referring to sources in the south Korean parliament.
Yonhap does not specify, what is the basis for the decision to remove Kim Yong-choi from the post.
Kim Yong-choi has been the most prominent nordkoreaner after Kim Jong-un. He played a prominent role in the second summit between president Donald Trump and Kim in Vietnam in February, which ended without a result due to disagreement on the north Korean nuclear programme.
He had previously visited The White House in January, where he met with Trump.
South korea's national intelligence service could not immediately confirm the reports about the apparent demotion of Kim Yong-choi.
the Report on changes in the north Korean top management comes after the north Korean foreign ministry last week announced that it will no longer negotiate with Pompeo, and that he should be replaced "with someone who is more mature."
The north Korean leader has warned that the failure of the negotiations in Vietnam can lead to the new increasing tensions. Kim Jong-un says he is only interested in meeting Trump again, if the UNITED states shows more flexibility.