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Kim Has Officials Killed by Anti-Aircraft Gun, Paper Says

  • North Korea officials were purged over graft, project, it says
  • Follows defection of high-level diplomat to South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Photographer: KCNA/AFP via Getty Images
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Two senior North Korean officials were executed with an anti-aircraft gun in early August on the orders of Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported, citing people it did not identify.

Ri Yong Jin, a senior official in the education ministry -- possibly minister -- was arrested for dozing off during a meeting with Kim and charged with corruption before being killed, the paper said. Former Agriculture Minister Hwang Min was purged over a proposed project seen as a direct challenge to Kim’s leadership, it said.