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.

He sees you when you

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake.

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)