SEOUL North Korea has dismissed its minister of state security, considered a critical aide to the secretive state’s young chief, Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Friday, following a series of superior-level purges.
Kim Received Hong was eradicated from business as head of the prime spy agency in mid-January seemingly on fees of corruption, abuse of power and human rights abuses, Jeong Joon-hee, South Korea’s Unification Ministry spokesman, said, confirming media reviews.
Kim Jong Un turned chief in 2011 just after the dying of his father, Kim Jong Il, and his consolidation of power has included purges and executions of prime officers, South Korean officers have said.
Last year, North Korea’s vice premier for education was executed for not trying to keep his posture upright at a community event, South Korea said.
It is tough to independently verify information about prime officers in the North, which has angered the West with a series of missile and nuclear weapons assessments in defiance of UN resolutions and sanctions. Some previous reviews of executions and purges have proved inaccurate.
Jeong did not say how the South understood of Kim Received Hong’s ouster. But he said there could have been further more dismissals in the North where by the effective Organisation and Steering Section was investigating the ministry of state security.
“There is usually a probability that purges go on as section of regularly strengthening power,” he said at a frequent briefing.
North Korea not often announces purges or executions, despite the fact that state media confirmed the 2012 execution of Kim’s uncle, Jang Music Thaek, extensively considered the country’s second most effective chief, for factionalism and crimes detrimental to the economic system.
A previous defence minister, Hyun Yong Chol, is also believed to have been executed in 2015 for treason, in accordance to the South’s spy agency.
It said he was killed with an anti-aircraft gun.
Impoverished North Korea and the loaded, democratic South are technically continue to at war because their 1950-fifty three conflict finished in a truce, not a peace treaty. The North routinely threatens to ruin the South and its key ally, the United States.
(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim Modifying by Nick Macfie)