It’s not known if the insolence that lead to their deaths had anything to do with a liking for Seth Rogen films, but Kim Jong-Un has stamped his own brand of extreme authoritarian rule on North Korean politics by executing anyone who falls out of favor. Reuters has the count at 15 already this year:
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year as punishment for challenging his authority, South Korea’s spy agency told a closed-door parliament meeting on Wednesday.
A vice minister for forestry was one of the officials executed for complaining about a state policy, a member of parliament’s intelligence committee, Shin Kyung-min, quoted an unnamed National Intelligence Service official as saying.
“Excuses or reasoning doesn’t work for Kim Jong Un, and his style of rule is to push through everything, and if there’s any objection, he takes that as a challenge to authority and comes back with execution as a showcase,” Shin said.