North Korea: Latest Kim Jong-un ‘purge’ targets close official, orders ‘execution’ of 33 others
Published 06/03/2014 | 10:36
SOUTH Korea is currently investigating reports that leader of the North - Kim Jong-un - has embarked on a new purge, this time targeting one of his closest officials and a Christian group.
It is understood that the dictator has ordered the execution 33 people because they made contact with Christian missionary Kim Jung-wook.
And there is growing speculation that the North Korean leader’s former ally - Choe Ryong-hae - has been imprisoned and is under interrogation.
The latest speculation comes just months after the high-profile execution of Kim's uncle, Jang Song-thaek.
Once on such friendly terms with the Kim family, Choe used to call former leader Kim Jong II ‘brother.’
And when the current leader took over the regime, Choe’s power grew further and the death of the uncle cemented his position as one of Pyongyang’s most senior leaders.