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N. Korea's vice premier 'executed'

AFP logoAFP 8/12/2015
Kim Jong Un recently inspected the construction of the Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang after having a bird eye view of it from his special plane. © Xinhua News Agency/REX Kim Jong Un recently inspected the construction of the Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang after having a bird eye view of it from his special plane.

North Korea's vice premier Choe Yong-Gon has been executed for voicing frustration at the policies of leader Kim Jong-Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Wednesday, citing an anonymous source.

Choe, who took the job in June 2014, was executed by firing squad in May after voicing opposition to forestry policies promoted by Kim, Yonhap said, citing the source "with knowledge of the North".

Choe has not been mentioned in the North's state media since last October, it added, in another apparent sign he had been purged.

Choe's death, if confirmed, would be the second reported this year. Defence minister Hyon Yong-Chol was said to have been executed in April by anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during formal military rallies.

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