Seoul: North Korean leader executed 70 since taking power

2015-07-09 10:22
Kim Jong-Un. (KNS, KCNA, AFP)

Kim Jong-Un. (KNS, KCNA, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Seoul - South Korea's foreign minister says North Korea has staged 70 executions since current leader Kim Jong Un took power in late 2011.

Yun Byung-se also said on Thursday at a forum in Seoul that Kim's "reign of terror" is inspiring North Koreans working overseas to defect to the South. He didn't elaborate or reveal how he got the details, and South Korean intelligence officials didn't immediately return calls seeking comment. Information about authoritarian North Korea is often impossible to confirm.

Kim has removed key members of the old guard through a series of purges since taking over after the death of his father Kim Jong Il.

Experts say Kim could be using fear to solidify his leadership, but those efforts could fail if he doesn't improve the country's shattered economy.

Read more on:    kim jong un  |  south korea  |  north korea  |  executions

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.