The execution is the latest in a series of purges against senior North Korean officials
North Korea has reportedly executed its defense minister for falling asleep at a military event that was attended by the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, Seoul’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers in Seoul.
According to South Korean media on Wednesday, Hyon Yong Chol was charged with treason and executed on April 30 in front of a crowd of hundreds of North Korean officials, reports Reuters.
Hyon, who was chief of the country’s People’s Armed Forces, is also said to have talked back to the North Korean dictator several times.
The South Korean intelligence agency briefed a parliamentary committee about the execution on Wednesday.
Hyon’s execution is the latest in a series of purges against senior officials in the isolated country. Last month, the NIS said Pyongyang had ordered the execution of 15 high-ranking officials for undermining Kim Jong Un’s leadership.