Report: Vice-premier of North Korea executed
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
A report published Wednesday by the North Korea was executed in May. The report, which cites an unnamed source, has not been confirmed by Wikinews or other agencies. The government of North Korea rarely makes statements about its internal affairs.claims vice premier Choe Yong-gon of
According to the report, the 63-year-old Choe had disagreed with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's policies. Choe, one of seven vice premiers, was in charge of construction and building material industries. He was appointed to the position in June of 2014. Choe was involved with trade talks between the two Koreas in the mid-2000s. In 2004, he attended the opening of the , a joint venture of the two nations.
South Korea's BBC it was monitoring the situation but Choe has not been seen publicly since December. Back in April, South Korea's said executions had been ordered for fifteen officials including a "forestry official". Choe Yong-gon was not mentioned by name, nor is it known now if the report was referring to Choe.told both and
Yonhap has attributed roughly 70 executions of officials to Kim Jong-un's rule which began after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in December 2011.
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