Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Is Another North Korean Purge Underway?

Reuters: North Korea executes vice premier in latest purge: South

North Korea has executed its vice premier for education and rebuked two high-ranking officials, South Korea said on Wednesday, which, if true, would mark a new series of measures by leader Kim Jong Un to discipline top aides.

Kim took power in 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, and his consolidation of power has included purges and executions of top officials, South Korean officials have said.

South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said the government had confirmed the execution of the education official, Kim Yong Jin, "through various channels" but declined to provide details.

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WNU Editor: This follows the execution of two officials a just a few days ago .... North Korea executes officials with anti-aircraft gun in new purge – report (The Guardian).

More News On Another Purge In North Korea

North Korea executed top minister, South Korea says -- BBC
North Korea Has Executed a Deputy Premier, Seoul Reports -- New York Times
North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul -- AFP
North Korea executes top education official, South Korea says -- CNN
North Korea executes top official, banishes 2 others, South Korea claims -- AP

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