North Korea executed vice premier in July, says Seoul official

(From Yonhap)

North Korea has carried out the execution of a vice premier, a Seoul government official said Wednesday, as the North’s leader moves to further strengthen his reign of terror.

Executed N Korean VP

North Korea’s Vice Premier Kim Yong-jin (R) presents an award to a participant at the 23rd National Software Contest and Exhibition in Pyongyang in this file photo

The official said North Korea executed the 63-year-old Kim Yong-jin by firing squad last month after he was accused of showing a bad attitude when attending a key parliamentary meeting held in late June.

He said Kim was shot after being branded as an “anti-party and anti-revolutionary” element.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who took power in late 2011, is believed to have executed more than 100 government and military officials, including his once-powerful uncle Jang Song-thaek, as he seeks to consolidate his oppressive rule.

The Seoul official also said that two other senior officials were punished for lapses. Read More



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