N Korea executes military chief over corruption

2016-02-10 21:07


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Seoul - North Korea's military chief was executed for corruption and other offences, the South's Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

General Ri Yong Gil, chief of the General Staff, was executed last week, as leader Kim Jong Un was holding a joint meeting of the ruling Workers' Party and the military, the South's Yonhap News Agency reported one source as saying.

Ri was appointed in 2013 and was seen accompanying Kim on inspections of military exercises as well as trips to the Defence Ministry until last month, the report said.

But he did not attend last week's meetings, and at the celebrations of the missile launch on Sunday, official media listed General Ri Myong Su among the attendees in his place.

The disappeared general may have incurred Kim's displeasure by objecting to recent appointments of party leaders to key military posts, or he could have fallen victim to a plot among wider power circles to remove him, the source was quoted as saying.

Last year, North Korea's then head of the armed forces Hyon Yong Chol was executed by a firing squad armed with an anti-aircraft gun around April 30, reportedly for falling asleep during a military event and failing to carry out instructions.

North Korea has executed another 15 senior officials since the beginning of the year, according to South's intelligence services.

In 2013, Kim had his uncle Jang Song Thaek, thought to be a former mentor, executed on charges of treason.

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