North Korea’s defense minister executed

South Korea’s spy agency has reported that Hyon Yong-chol, North Korea’s Defense Minister was executed for showing disloyalty to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.

The report states that Hyon was executed on April 30 by obliteration via anti-aircraft fire.

Hyon was accused of insubordination and falling asleep during an event attended by Kim Jong-Un.

This execution is just a latest in a purge that has been carried out by Kim in the past year and a half.

Hyon is just the latest of a string of officials executed recently by Kim.

Earlier this year, the dictator had two vice ministers executed for disagreeing with him on policy issues and had four members of the Unhasu Orchestra shot for espionage.

The highest ranking North Korea official executed to-date is still Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle who was executed at the end of 2013 for “depravity”.

“If the Defense Minister was indeed executed for alleged disloyalty displayed through his having fallen asleep in the young leader’s presence, this is clear indication that Kim Jong Un continues to be very insecure,” said Greg Scarlatoiu of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

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