North Korea’s Kim Executes 15 Officials, Says South’s Spy Agency

North Korea’s Kim Executes 15 Officials, Says South’s Spy Agency
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 15 officials this year, revealed South Korea’s spy agency in a secret parliamentary meeting. The agency said that the top officials were executed by firing squad.


Those involved, one of which was a forestry official, were executed because they complained about Kim’s governance and policies. The forest official was killed because he complained about Kim’s forestation plan.

“Excuses or reasoning doesn’t work for Kim Jong Un, and his style of rule is to push through everything, and if there’s any objection, he takes that as a challenge to authority and comes back with execution as a showcase,” said Shin Kyung-min, a member of parliament’s intelligence committee.

“In the four months this year, fifteen senior officials are said to have been executed,” Shin added.

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Shin further informed that in March, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed four members of the Unhasu Orchestra, in which his wife, Ri Sol Ju, previously worked as a singer. They were executed for spying.

In 2013, Kim also executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, once an influential political mentor for disloyalty and corruption. Kim has been repeatedly reshuffling his aides and senior officials from one office to another.

This month, Kim is making his first overseas trip since he held office in 2011 after his father’s death. He is flying to Moscow to attend an event marking the end of World War II in Europe. A hotel has been booked for Kim’s stay.

Russia has confirmed Kim’s visit, but there has been no official announcement from North Korea.