North Korea confirms execution of defence chief

Seoul spy service says Pyongyang confirms death of former defence chief

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

North Korea officially confirmed the killing of its defence chief who was executed for showing disloyalty to the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un and falling asleep during a meeting two months before, Seoul's spy service said on Sunday.

People's Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was executed by anti-aircraft fire on April 30 in front of tens of thousands people, allegedly showing disloyalty to Kim Jong-un.

The decision to execute Hyon Yong Chol came after he slept during a meeting attended by Kim Jong-un.

There is little knowledge about Hyon Yong Chol. He was appointed as a defence minister in 2014. He had served as a general since 2001 until his reassignment .

His last appearance on media was a day before of his execution. North Korean state media has neither shown nor talked about Hyon since.

However North Korean state media announced the assignment of the new Defence Minister Pak Yong Sik and talked about his meeting with a Lao military delegation.

Since Kim’s inauguration after the death of his father in December 2011, the young dictator has orchestrated the execution of 70 South Korean officials.

In 2013, Kim’s erstwhile number two and uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was executed for allegedly attempting to stage a military coup against his nephew.

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