North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un executed another batch of senior officials, South Korea’s spy agency revealed Monday.
Kim pulled out the anti-aircraft gun for the execution of five senior officials, charged with submitting false government reports, according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).
North Korea fired state security chief Kim Won-hong last month for corruption, abuse, and torture. The five officials reportedly killed by the regime worked in Kim’s office and were executed for providing inaccurate reports.
The false data provided by the officials is said to have “enraged” the young despot Kim Jong-un.
The NIS did not reveal how it obtained information regarding the most recent executions. As inside information about the internal affairs of the reclusive North Korean state is hard to come by, the accuracy of such reports is, to a certain extent, questionable.
Kim Jong-un reportedly has an affinity for killing people with anti-aircraft guns, the bullets for which would rip a human being apart.
North Korea allegedly executed two other senior officials — former agricultural minister Hwang Min and senior education ministry official Ri Yong-jin — with an anti-aircraft gun last year.
Ri dozed off during a meeting with the supreme leader, and Hwang pushed policies inconsistent with those preferred by Kim.
Defense Minister Hyon Yong-chol was executed with an anti-aircraft gun in May 2015.
Since he took power in 2011, Kim Jong-un is suspected to have murdered at least 300 people, among which are around 140 senior officials, in an attempt to secure his grip on power.
While Kim has a certain love for the anti-aircraft gun, North Korea has many execution methods. Some people have been poisoned, and others have been executed by firing squad. Former Vice Minister of the Army Kim Chol and former Deputy Defense Minister Kim Yong Chun were obliterated by mortar rounds. Former Deputy Minister of Public Security O Sang-hon was bound to a stake and burned alive with a flame thrower.
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