North Korea has put to death a vice premier and sent two other officials away for re-education, South Korea said on Wednesday, following media reports of a high-profile execution in the secretive state, reports BSS.
“Vice premier for education Kim Yong-Jin was executed,” Seoul’s unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee told reporters at a regular press briefing.
Kim was killed by a firing squad in July as “an anti-party, anti-revolutionary agitator,” said an official at the ministry, who wished to remain anonymous.
South Korea’s unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said North Korea’s vice premier was executed and two more high-ranking officials were banished
The ministry said two other senior officials had to undergo re-education sessions. One of them was Kim Yong-Chol, a top official in charge of inter-Korean affairs.
Since taking power after his father’s death in late 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is believed to have executed or demoted a number of senior officials in what analysts say is an attempt to tighten his grip on power.
The most notorious case was that of Kim’s uncle Jang Song-Thaek, who was executed for charges including treason and corruption in December 2013. The mass-selling JoongAng Ilbo on Tuesday said two senior officials had been put to death.