North Korea defence chief executed

North Korea executes its defence chief by firing squad based on treason charges

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

North Korea has executed its defence chief on treason charges after he fell asleep at an event attended by leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean media quoted Seoul's National Intelligence Service as saying in a briefing to lawmakers on Wednesday.

North Korean Defence Minister Hyon Yong Chol was purged and then executed by firing squad, media reported.

Hyon was said to have shown disrespect to Kim by dozing off at a military event, the reports said, citing the South Korean intelligence agency's briefing with lawmakers.