North Korea Executes Defense Chief on Treason Charges

Seoul's National Intelligence Service was quoted as telling lawmakers that North Korea has executed its defence chief on treason charges, in the latest of a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took power after his father's death in 2011.
South Korean media reported on Wednesday, citing the NIS's comments to a parliamentary panel, that Hyon Yong Chol, who heads the isolated country's military, was purged and then executed by firing squad with an antiaircraft gun, watched by hundreds of people.
Media said, citing the agency briefing, that Hyon, who spoke at a security conference in Moscow in April, was said to have shown disrespect to Kim by dozing off at a military event.
The execution comes after South Korea's spy agency said late last month that Kim ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year as punishment for challenging his authority.



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