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Purges Continue In North Korea

May 13, 2015

The lack of transparency in North Korea makes stories like the following all the more intriguing.  It is hard to fathom how this makes any sense.  That the government of dictator Kim Jong Un is run very much like that at of his father is no surprise.  That these actions in no way changes the perception of his nation as just a great pit stain on the international stage is also no surprise.

Just days after grabbing international attention for reportedly testing a submarine-fired ballistic missile, North Korea executed its defense chief on the order of dictator Kim Jong Un. That’s according to South Korea’s spy agency, which briefed Seoul’s lawmakers on the development Wednesday.

The execution reportedly took place in public, with hundreds of onlookers watching as Hyon Yong Chol was killed by firing squad, using anti-aircraft guns. The reported offense? Falling asleep during a meeting and showing disrespect to Kim.

Hyon has represented North Korea in meetings abroad, most recently with a trip to Russia in April. Kim has yet to leave the country since coming to power following his father’s death in 2011.

This move is the latest in a series of leadership changes — and purges — since the younger Kim has taken charge. South Korea’s spies said 15 officials were executed last month. And in a notable move shortly after becoming North Korea’s absolute ruler, Kim ordered the execution of his uncle, who had amassed loyalty among

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