Minister Senior North Korean military officer Hyon Yong Chol (R) attends the 4th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow in April 16, 2015. |
The North Korean defense minister has been spotted on a television program after the alleged execution took place.
Reports that North Korea had executed its defense minister for “disobeying the country’s leader Kim Jong Un were thrown into question Thursday when it emerged that the official had appeared in a television program after the alleged event occurred, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The South Korean National Intelligence Service claimed that Hyon Yong Chol was executed with a firing squad using an anti-aircraft gun at a military school in front of hundreds of people in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, around April 30.
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he spy agency told Seoul lawmakers that the minister was charged with treason after falling asleep during one of Kim Jong Un’s speeches. “There needs to be more analysis on why Hyon is still appearing in the TV footage,” an un-named Seoul official told Yonhap. Last month, the agency also claimed that 15 senior officials had been executed in North Korea so far this year. The claim was dismissed as “malicious slander” by a top official from North Korea in an interview with CNN last week. 9 0 Tags South Korea North Korea
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