North Korea Defence chief 'executed'

SEOUL - North Korea's Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea's spy agency has told parliament.

MPs were told Mr Hyon was killed on 30 April by anti-aircraft fire in front of an audience of hundreds, the Yonhap news agency reports.

It said Mr Hyon had fallen asleep during an event attended by Kim Jong-un and had not carried out instructions.

The news comes weeks after the reported execution of 15 senior officials.

Among them were two vice ministers who had challenged Mr Kim over his policies and members of an orchestra, the South's National Intelligence Agency (NIS) said at the time.

Mr Kim purged and executed his once-powerful uncle for treachery in 2013.

Analysts told the BBC that while reshuffles of officials are commonplace in North Korea, the execution of a figure as close to Mr Kim as Mr Hyon was surprising and could give cause for concern about the country's stability.

Comments (9)

Executions and disappearances are the hallmarks of dictatorships. With North Korea the problem is made worse by the lunatic and deranged youthful leader. At this rate he will wipe out an entire army for contrived disloyalty.

reader - 13 May 2015

south korean government is nothing but a puppet of the united states. all these reports about executions are just fabrications meant to tarnish the image of the north

trust mukaracha - 14 May 2015

These a re the North Koreans that built all the statues in the country that is why some are loyal to them . The leader is nothing but just a lunatic like his father was and those outside North Korea who support him because they are on the same bandwagon like him. The People in North Korea are suffering it is too unbearable to tell the story of the suffering of the people in North Korea

N - 14 May 2015

@reader That lunatic leader in North Korea had one of his ex girlfriends executed including an uncle of his he is just a lunatic as you say but see how he lives .... like a person in the west

- - 14 May 2015

Trust Mukaracha ukawana nguva ukwane wanzwa? Where in this article is it said that the reports were received from South Korea. That is nothing more than the figment of your own imagination. Mafungiro ako echiZANU awo ....CHINJA!!!

Givaldo - 14 May 2015

@Trust Mukaracha. Asi chii nhai. I cant see anywhere written about South Korea

Bruno - 14 May 2015

@trust mukaracha. Iwe urichituta chamakoko chaicho. Chienda kuNorth Korea kwacho unovhunza chikomana chiye kana ungaona Defence Chief wacho. That is kana uneluck. Otherwise vanokumbunda vokuisa musaga pedzezo vokukanda pakati pegungwa Pacific - havadi kuona vatema sewe, vanoti urimonkey. Kana uchifunga kuti ndinonyepa vhunza Barack Obama.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 15 May 2015

@mukaracha, you are able to shadows where there is no ray of light. Why jump to mention south korea?Is it because you know that your country is in the same league as north korea?

Tahir Iqbal - 16 May 2015

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