North Korea ex­e­cutes vice pre­mier for ‘doz­ing’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

NORTH Korea has ex­e­cuted a vice pre­mier for show­ing dis­re­spect dur­ing a meet­ing presided over by leader Kim Jong-un, and ban­ished two other of­fi­cials for re-ed­u­ca­tion, South Korea said yes­ter­day.

Since tak­ing power af­ter his fa­ther’s death in late 2011, Mr Kim is be­lieved to have ex­e­cuted or de­moted a num­ber of se­nior fig­ures in what an­a­lysts say is an at­tempt to tighten his grip on power.

“Vice pre­mier for ed­u­ca­tion Kim Yong-Jin was ex­e­cuted,” Seoul’s Uni­fi­ca­tion Ministry spokesper­son Jeong Joon-hee said at a reg­u­lar brief­ing.

Mr Kim was killed by a fir­ing squad in July as “an anti-party, an­ti­rev­o­lu­tion­ary ag­i­ta­tor”, added an of­fi­cial at the ministry, who de­clined to be named.

“Kim Yong-jin was de­nounced for his bad sit­ting pos­ture when he was sit­ting be­low the ros­trum” dur­ing a ses­sion of North Korea’s par­lia­ment, and then un­der­went a in­ter­ro­ga­tion that re­vealed his other crimes, the of­fi­cial told re­porters.

The mass-sell­ing JoongAng Ilbo first re­ported that top fig­ures had been pun­ished, but iden­ti­fied the ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial by a dif­fer­ent name.

“He in­curred the wrath of Kim af­ter he dozed off dur­ing a meet­ing presided over by Kim. He was ar­rested on site and in­ten­sively ques­tioned by the state se­cu­rity ministry,” it quoted a source as say­ing.

The uni­fi­ca­tion ministry said two other se­nior fig­ures were forced to un­dergo re-ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions.

One of them was Kim Yong-chol, a top of­fi­cial in charge of in­terKorean af­fairs and es­pi­onage ac­tiv­i­ties against the South.

The 71-year-old Mr Kim is a ca­reer mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial who is be­lieved to be the mas­ter­mind be­hind the North’s fre­quent cy­ber­at­tacks against Seoul.

Mr Kim is also blamed by the South for the sink­ing of a South Korean war­ship in 2010 near the dis­puted sea bor­der with the North in the Yel­low Sea.

Mr Kim was ban­ished to an agri­cul­tural farm in July for a month for

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Kim Jong-un is said to have ex­e­cuted more than a 100 of­fi­cials.

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