North Korea has confirmed executing its defence chief after Seoul’s spies revealed he was blasted by anti-aircraft guns for falling asleep in a meeting with Kim Jong-un
Intelligence officials have admitted the brutal killing of Hyon Yong Chol
Defence Minister was shot with an anti-aircraft gun from close range in May
He was killed after falling asleep in meetings and talking back to leader
Officials killed him with an ZPU-4 anti-aircraft gun in front of hundreds of bloodthirsty officials at a military camp near the capital
Seoul’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that People’s Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire in May on charges of disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un.
It is understood that the 66-year-old defence chief had talked back to Kim during a gathering of top ranking officials, openly complained about the dictator’s policies and fell asleep during meetings.
Killed: Seoul’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that People’s Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol (pictured) was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire in May on charges of disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un
The North’s state media has since not mentioned Hyon or his disappearance.
But over the weekend, the country’s official Korean Central News Agency named army general Pak Yong Sik as the armed forces minister in a dispatch about a meeting with a Lao military delegation.
South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee today told reporters that this confirmed Hyon’s replacement and purging.
Hyon, who was named head of North Korea’s military in 2012, was killed in front of hundreds of bloodthirsty officials at a military camp in the capital Pyongyang on April 30.
It is not the first time a ZPU-4 anti-aircraft gun has been used for executions in North Korea, with recently released satellite images showing a number of unidentified people being killed using the brutal method at the same camp last October.
Those images showed the targets just 100 feet from the guns, which have a range of 26,000 feet.
Hyon was apparently caught falling asleep during formal military events and is said to have also spoken back to Kim Jong-Un on several occasions.
Lawmaker Shin Kyoung-min, who attended the parliamentary briefing during which news of the execution was announced, said the NIS believed it to be true.
Hong Hyun-ik, chief researcher at the Sejong Institute, a security think tank based in Seoul, told local broadcaster YTN that the anti-artillery gun used would have left the body utterly unrecognizable.
‘Because there are several guns bound together, it would be hard to find the body after firing it once. It’s really gruesome. What they did would have ripped all his flesh off, done in the manner of ‘let’s see what sort of punishment this is.’
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