Nord-Koreas nye leder likviderer virkelige eller innbilte motstandere på løpende bånd. Nå er det forsvarsministeren som er henrettet, og det på en svært brutal måte, foran øynene på hundrevis av elever på en militærskole.

Hyon Yong Chol ble skutt med en luftvernkanon, hvilket i seg selv er en spektakulær måte. Med et så kraftig våpen var det neppe noe tilbake av ham.

Det er sørkoreansk etterretning som skal ha informert nasjonalforsamlingen om dette bak lukkede dører.

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Foto: I am the Boss. Don’t mess with me.

Men en så juicy historie lekker ut, også fordi den ikke er den første. Kim Jong Un gjør kort prosess. Betyr det handlekraft eller paranoia? Ifølge en avhopper CNN har intervjet går Kim amok og det er bare et tidsspørsmål før regimet i nord kollapser.

Veteran og lojal mot dynastiet

Kim henrettet en av familiens mest lojale støttespillere.

Hyon was a longtime Kim family loyalist who spent years working under North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong Il as a high-ranking military official.

His career continued after power transferred to the younger Kim upon the death of his father in 2011.

«This is a big deal. He was a survivor,» said Charles Armstrong, Professor of Korean studies at Columbia University.

«He was from Kim Jong Un’s father’s regime. He made it through the transition. He was a very high profile military man.»

Utrenskning

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Kim skal ha tatt livet av 15 toppledere så langt i år. Det nærmer seg en utrenskning. All hoderullingen har skapt stor angst blant lederskapet. CNN har intervjuet en avhopper de kaller Park.

One of the most senior defectors to escape North Korea in recent years has told CNN that the spate of top-level executions has created a climate of fear among regime insiders.

«During his first three years in power, hundreds of the elite have been executed,» said Park, who CNN has agreed not to identify to protect his friends and relatives still in Pyongyang. Much of what Park tells us cannot be independently verified, as North Korea is one of the most closed and repressive countries on Earth.

Park said Kim’s brutality had undermined his power base, and predicted Kim would be replaced as leader within three years.

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Armstrong said Kim differed from his father and grandfather, who in past purges merely pushed people aside.

«Kim Jong Un has shown a ruthless side that we haven’t seen since his grandfather consolidated power back in the 50s and 60s — going after rivals and potential rivals and having them executed.»

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/13/asia/north-korea-executes-defense-chief/index.html

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