NORTH KOREA: KIM JONG-UN STRENGTHENS REIGN OF TERROR
|North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
August 12, 2016: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is said to be strengthening
his reign of terror.
According to a source with inside knowledge of North Korea, Pyongyang
authorities were known to have publicly executed 60 North Koreans so far this
The source said it was more than twice the average number of people killed
annually in public executions since Kim took power in 2011.
The source added that the economic situation in the North has worsened due to
toughest international sanctions against the regime early this year, and
authorities are using these executions to control growing public complaints against
North Korean leaders.
The source said that many of those being killed are family members left behind
by defectors, and brokers arranging the defectors' escape routes, as they
are perceived to be a threat to the stability of the regime.
According to another source, the Northâs Ministry of State Security executed
scores of defectors' families and defection brokers in early February on
charges of espionage.
The source added that around 10 brokers were executed by a firing squad in
Hyesan, Yanggang Province in April. (Sources: world.kbs.co.kr, 12/08/2016)