According to South Korea’s spy agency, North Korean supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year alone.
Two vice minister-level officials were executed for opposing or complaining about Kim’s directives – it’s been confirmed a vice-minister from the forestry department was executed for complaining about Kim’s forestation plan.
Four members of North Korea’s Unhasu orchestra were also executed in March, and were killed by firing squad on spying charges. Kim’s wife was once a singer in the orchestra, and in 2013 Japanese and South Korean media announced that a number of the orchestra had been executed for violating pornography laws. However, South Korean politician Lee Cheol-woo told Yonhap that the head of the orchestra had been executed by Kim Jong-un, possibly for leaking family secrets. An attempt by Kim to protect his wife’s reputation.
Kim Jong also had his uncle (pictured above), Jang Song-thaek, executed in late 2013 on charges that included treason and corruption. Jang had previously been his political mentor, and had played a key role in cementing the leadership of the inexperienced Kim – but little did he know he was signing his own death warrant.