North Korea has publicly executed the country’s Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol after the regime accused him of treason, according to reports from South Korea.
It said Mr Hyon had fallen asleep during an event attended by Kim Jong-un and had not carried out instructions.
Hyon Yong-Chol was killed by fire from an anti-aircraft gun at a military school in front of hundreds of people in Pyongyang, the South Korean Intelligence Agency was reported to have told parliament members in a closed door session.
Hyon was executed because he expressed discontent towards leader Kim Jong Un, and failed to follow Kim’s orders on several occasions, according to Kim Gwang-lim, chairman of the National Assembly Intelligence Committee and a lawmaker with the Saenuri Party who attended the briefing.
Reports suggest he was killed “around April 30.” The last mention of Hyon in North Korean state media was on Wednesday, April 29, when he was reported to have attended a performance of the Moranbong Band at the People’s Palace of Culture, earlier that week.
A spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry said the government considered the execution to be another display of “fear politics” in North Korea.