PYONGYANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reacted furiously after failed missile test by ordering execution of two senior officials
The hangings were carried out in just five days over mishaps at North Korea’s test missile site.
The latest unnamed executive was killed after he allegedly took responsibility for setbacks at the Punggye-ri nuclear base which led to the date of a rocket launch being pushed back.
While five days ago, a high-ranking official once described as the ‘second most powerful man in North Korea’ disappeared from public life, sparking speculation he too may have been executed by death squads. General Hwang Pyong-so once held the most senior military position in the hermit state as a Vice-Marshall after the supreme leader.
The most recent victim was said to be the director of Bureau 131, in charge of construction at Kim’s missile and nuclear bases. Back in September, at least 200 workers were reportedly killed when a tunnel collapsed shortly after the detonation of an H-bomb.