If you ever find yourself nodding off during a North Korean cabinet meeting, you’d best reach for the smelling salts.
North Korea’s Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol was executed for falling asleep during an event with Kim Jong-un. At least that’s what a South Korean spy agency is claiming. To make matters worse, the execution was reportedly carried out with anti-aircraft guns.
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.
Say what you will about Kim Jong-un, but the man knows how to make a statement. He’s a snappy dresser, as well.
Hyon, who is thought to have been promoted to General in 2010, was reportedly one of Kim’s closest advisers. However, such a brutal execution of a high-ranking official is not without precedent. Jang Sung-taek, Kim’s uncle, was executed in 2013, and anti-aircraft guns were rumored to have been used.
The fact that this information is coming from South Korea means it needs to be taken with a grain of salt. But as the BBC points out, if Hyon is still alive, North Korea can easily disprove the rumor with a public appearance. So unless we see him in the next few days, it’s probably safe to assume he’s sleeping with the mulgogi.
(Source: BBC News)