Seoul: Five of­fi­cials ex­e­cuted in North

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea ex­e­cuted five se­nior se­cu­rity of­fi­cials with anti-air­craft guns be­cause they made false re­ports that “en­raged” leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s spy agency said Mon­day.

The com­ments by the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice in a pri­vate brief­ing to law­mak­ers come as Malaysia in­ves­ti­gates the poi­son­ing death of Kim’s es­tranged el­der half brother, Kim Jong Nam. South Korea says it be­lieves that Kim Jong Un or­dered the as­sas­si­na­tion, which took place Feb. 13 in Kuala Lumpur.

The spy agency told law­mak­ers that five North Korean of­fi­cials in the depart­ment of the re­cently purged state se­cu­rity chief were ex­e­cuted by anti-air­craft guns over false re­ports made to Kim, South Korean law­maker Lee Cheol Woo said.

It’s not clear what re­ports they al­legedly made, and the in­tel­li­gence agency didn’t say how it got its in­for­ma­tion. South Korean spies have a spotty record when re­port­ing about high-level events in closed-off North Korea.

North Korea fired the state se­cu­rity chief Kim Won Hong in Jan­uary, pre­sum­ably over cor­rup­tion, abuse of power and tor­ture com­mit­ted by his agency, Seoul said ear­lier this month. He had been seen as close to Kim Jong Un. North Korea has not pub­licly said any­thing about Kim Won Hong or about the al­leged ex­e­cu­tions in his depart­ment.

Lee cited the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice as say­ing that the se­cu­rity chief’s dis­missal was linked to the re­ports that ul­ti­mately “en­raged” North Korea’s leader.

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