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."
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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.
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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.