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North Korea executes 5 security officials

North Korea executes 5 security officialsNorth Korea executed five senior security officials for making false reports that “enraged” leader Kim Jong Un, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday.

The five were killed with anti-aircraft guns, the National Intelligence Service said in a private briefing to lawmakers, according to the news agency. It wasn’t immediately clear what the “false reports” were, but they appeared to be unrelated to the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un, two weeks ago.

South Korean lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo said the officials worked in the department of the former state security chief Kim Won Hong.

North Korea fired Kim Won Hong in January, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, Seoul said earlier this month. The fallen minister had been seen as close to Kim Jong Un. North Korea has not publicly said anything about Kim Won Hong or about the alleged executions in his department.

Lee said the firing of Kim Won Hong was linked to the false reports, which “enraged” Kim Jong Un when he discovered them.

Kim Jong Un has reportedly executed or purged a large number of high-level government officials since taking power in 2011.
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