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North Korean Official Executed For Slouching During Meeting

| by Michael Howard

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un reportedly ordered the execution of a senior government official because the official exhibited poor posture during a meeting.

Kim Yong-Jin, 63, was North Korea's education minister, according to the Daily Mail. He was killed by a firing squad after an internal investigation determined that he was an "anti-revolutionary agitator."

"The trouble for [Kim Yong-Jin] began after he was seen sitting with bad attitude during a meeting of the People's Supreme Assembly," said a South Korean official who spoke on condition of anonymity. "He was later accused of being anti-revolutionary following a probe and a firing squad execution was carried out in July."

The education minister's death comes amid reports of increasingly paranoid behavior by Kim Jong-Un's regime.

Kim Yong-Chol, another senior official in the North Korean government, was recently sent to an "ideological re-education" camp as punishment for his "overbearing attitude."

A similar punishment was also handed down to vice director of propaganda and agitation Choe Hwi, whose crime has not been specified.

In 2015, an anti-aircraft gun was allegedly used to execute defense minister Hyon Yong-chol, who had been accused of treason, according to CNN.

In 2013, Kim Jong-Un executed his own uncle, Jang Song Thaek, branding him a "traitor for all ages." The execution was seen as a stern message that any level of dissent within the government will not be tolerated.

"The regime, I think, is trying to intimidate anyone that might have independent ideas or harbor any ambitions," Marcus Noland, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said in response to Jang's execution.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo credit: The Guardian via The Gate

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