North Korea’s Defense Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed by antiaircraft fire, for disloyalty to the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.
The state-run news service cited South Korea’s spy agency — the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
Information related to North Korea, a highly secretive country ostracized by the West for its nuclear weapons ambitions and erratic political behavior, is extremely difficult to independently confirm.
The NIS said the immediate cause of Hyon’s killing was that the chief of the North Korea’s People’s Armed Forces, 66, may have been attempting to start a rebellion against North Korea’s reclusive young leader.
The NIS didn’t specify how it obtained the information. Kim is thought to have been behind a number of high-profile purges of top North Korean officials in recent times, including, notably, his uncle Jang Song Thaek, killed in 2013 for alleged treason.
Source: USA Today