Hyon Yong-Chol, North Korea’s defense minister, was executed by anti-aircraft gun because he disobeyed Kim Jong Un and was sleeping during a meeting, it has been reported.
According to local agency reports, South Korea’s main spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, briefed lawmakers on Wednesday about the death of Gen. Yong-Chol, who was appointed Defense Minister just last year.
BBC reports that the spy agency told the MPs that Yong was killed by anti-aircraft fire in front of hundreds on April 30. His offense? Not obeying Kim Jong Un’s orders and sleeping during a military event, which Jong considers as ‘disrespect.’
According to the lawmakers, Chol – who was last seen publicly in Moscow last month – was arrested and executed three days later without trial. A senior military officer was also killed.
This story has not been verified, but BBC notes that if it is false, then Chol will appear again in public.