Two senior government officials have been executed in North Korea with an anti-aircraft gun.
Such savage executions are regular occurrences in North Korea, a Stalinist country run by Kim Jong-Un, the third member of the Kim clan to rule it. South Korean media believe that the executions mark a new “reign of terror,” which may result in many more executions.
The British newspaper The Telegraph explains:
Sources told South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that one of the men was identified as Ri Yong-jin, an official in the education ministry, who made the mistake of falling asleep in a meeting with Mr Kim. “He incurred the wrath of Kim after he dozed off during a meeting that Kim presided over,” the newspaper quoted the source as saying.
“He was arrested on-site and intensively questioned by the state security ministry,” the paper claimed. “He was executed after other charges, such as corruption, were found during the probe.”
The charge of corruption can mean anything in North Korea, from actual corruption to giving alms to a poor child who’s starving on the streets. It’s always used when the regime wants to get rid of someone.
The second official was named as Hwang Min, a former agriculture ministry, who was executed “because policy proposals he had pushed for were seen as a direct challenge to the leadership of Kim Jong-un,” the newspaper reported.
Next thing these poor guys knew, they were brought to a military base where they were shot to pieces with an anti-aircraft gun:
Using such weapons against anyone who crosses the regime has been reported in the past, notably in April 2015, when satellite images caught an imminent execution at a military training area outside Pyongyang. There have also been reports of the Kim clan, which has ruled North Korea with an iron fist since 1945, using flame throwers and mortars to eliminate its opponents, although it is difficult to confirm all such claims.
These brutal methods are meant to instill fear in those who could possibly criticize Kim Jong-Un or his policies. In this specific instance, South Korean media believe it’s especially meant to scare the bejeebus out of government officials:
The most serious loss to Mr Kim’s regime was of Thae Yong-ho, deputy head of the North Korean embassy in London, who arrived in Seoul with his wife and three children after fleeing the embassy in July.
There are additional reports that at least seven North Korean diplomats have fled overseas missions this year alone, including the third secretary at the embassy in Moscow.
When former U.S. President George W. Bush included North Korea in his “axis of evil,” he instantly became the butt of jokes from leftist comedians and politicians. It’s hard if not impossible to deny his statement, however: this Korean regime is truly evil.