Kim Jong-Un Has His Former Girlfriend Executed
A popular North Korean singer — and Kim Jong Un’s former flame — was among a dozen performers executed by a firing squad last week, reports said Wednesday.
Hyon Song-wol, a well-known pop artist and longtime girlfriend of the dictator, was gunned down with the group of songsters on Aug. 20 — three days after they were arrested for allegedly breaking pornography laws, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo reported.
The victims, members of well-known bands in the country, were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the tapes, the paper reported.
One source told the newspaper that some of the victims were clutching Bibles as they were killed in front of their loved ones — who were then ordered to live in the country’s notorious prison camps after they were found guilty by association.“They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on,” the source said.
Kim, the mysterious twentysomething leader of the totalitarian country racked with starvation, allegedly met Hyon when they were teenagers. But his father, Kim Jong Il, never approved of their relationship and ordered his son to break it off.
Hyon — whose songs included the titles “Footsteps of Soldiers” and “I Love Pyongyang” — reportedly married a soldier and had a child in 2006, but rumors suggested she carried on an affair with Kim.
Kim later married Ri Sol Ju, a former member of the Unhasu Orchestra.
Reports don’t seem to indicate any motive or reason for these executions, although one would assume it has something to do with Kim consolidating his power in some way.