North Korea’s defence minister Hyon Yong-chol has reportedly been executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un.
South Korea’s spy agency revealed the news to parliament, claiming Mr Hyon was killed on April 30 by anti-aircraft fire in front of an audience of hundreds.
The reason? Apparently Hyon had fallen asleep during an event attended by Kim Jong-un and did not carry out his instructions.
This news comes weeks after the reported execution of 15 senior officials, including two vice ministers who had challenged Mr Kim over his policies and members of an orchestra.
Hyon Yong-chol was one the people closest to Kim Jong-un and, although intelligence reports should be treated with some scepticism, this would demonstrate the devastating cost of disloyalty in North Korea.
Unfortunately, this move isn’t a major surprise given that Kim executed his own uncle for treachery in 2013. It is bloody scary though!