Wary of Kim Jong-un, N. Korean officials are seeking asylum

July 2, 2015


North Korean officials are finding a limit to their loyalty for leader Kim Jong-un as some are seeking asylum in other countries according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).

The latest report on North Korea’s human rights abuses revealed that at least 1,400 public executions had been carried out since 2000.

Since Kim Jong-un came into power in 2011, 70 senior officials met that same fate, the most recent being that of ex-defense chief Hyon Yong-chol in May who was reportedly killed with an anti-aircraft gun.

Granted the number of reported public executions declined significantly in 2014, but the fear surrounding Kim’s ruling tactics seems heightened.

So far 10 officials have already applied for asylum, mostly in South Korea according to Yonhap News Agency.

None of them had defected directly from North Korea and were stationed in foreign countries.

One Comment

  1. balbla

    July 3, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    So you can take pictures of him but not shoot him? must be some corruption going on in the press since noone ever thought of just shooting the bastard.