- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A North Korean defense chief who fell asleep during a meeting was allegedly executed by the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told a a closed-door parliamentary committee meeting that People’s Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed in a gruesome manner for the slight, The Associated Press reported Wednesday. The North Korean official was allegedly strafed by anti-aircraft gunfire while an audience of hundreds watched.

Lawmaker Shin Kyoung-min, who attended the spy agency’s briefing, went public with the story, AP reported. South Korea’s intelligence service said the executions were likely carried out in April at Pyongyang’s Kang Kon Military Academy.

Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Dongguk University in Seoul, told AP that the military is Kim’s only internal threat. He added that a “reign of terror” perpetrated on the old guard may be Kim’s way of squashing dissent and asserting his authority.

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