NORTH KOREA — A new report from the U.K.-based Telegraph, suggests that Hwang Pyong-so, the vice marshal who held the most senior position in North Korea’s military, has been executed. The top aide to Kim Jong Un hasn’t been seen in public since Oct. 13.
Kim has a history of viciously murdering his political enemies, including shooting them with anti-aircraft weaponry at a close distance and feeding them to a pack of ravenous dogs.
News about Hwang’s troubles within Kim’s regime emerged in mid-November when South Korea’s spy agency reported the top aide and his deputy, Kim Won-hong, were expelled from the military’s General Politico Bureau and “punished,” Yonhap News Agency reported.
The spy agency said it was looking into details about their punishment.
A rare inspection on the bureau was conducted after reports of an “impure attitude” toward the volatile regime surfaced.
“If Hwang was indeed kicked out of the Workers’ Party, it would practically mean the end of his political career, and possibly his life, though it is unknown whether or not he is still alive,” South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported, according to the Telegraph.
Before he reportedly fell out of favor, Mr. Hwang was one of only four people pictured standing next to Kim in state propaganda, vaunting the regime’s sixth nuclear test in September.
He is since believed to have been expelled from the party amid allegations of bribery.
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