Report: North Korea Executes Its Defense Minister for Falling Asleep During Meeting

FILE - In this July 18, 2012, file photo, then Vice Marshal Hyon Yong Chol applauds during a meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his defense chief Hyon Yong Chol executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the young ruler, talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting presided over by Kim, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Wednesday, May 13, 2015, citing what it called credible information. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)
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North Korea executed its defense minister by placing him in front of an anti-aircraft gun after he “disrespected” Kim Jong Un by falling asleep at a meeting, according to reports from Seoul’s intelligence agency. Hundreds of people reportedly watched the execution of 66-year-old Hyon Yong Chol at the end of April. “Every time we hear rumours of more executions, we have to wonder whether it’s a sign of authority or an inability to keep things under control,” a former White House adviser on Asia told the Financial Times.

North Korean Minister Killed for Falling Asleep