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North Korea: Officials executed for discussing 'stagnant economy'

North Korea has executed five Economic Ministry workers after they criticised Kim Jong-Un’s policies, according to reports.

It is thought that the communist party officials were shot by firing squad on July 30 after speaking out about the regime’s economic policies which have left the country one of the poorest nations in the world.  

Details of their conversation are said to have been reported back to their bosses before they were summoned to a meeting and arrested by the secret police. 

North Korea has executed five Economic Ministry workers after they criticised Kim Jong-Un's policies, according to reports

North Korea has executed five Economic Ministry workers after they criticised Kim Jong-Un’s policies, according to reports

The five men, who had been attending a dinner party, had openly discussed the stagnant economy in the militarised nation state as well as the need for industrial reform as it continues to produce few consumer goods for its impoverished citizens. 

It was reported that the employees had also spoken about the need for North Korea to seek foreign co-operation in order to overcome looming trade sanctions, according to DailyNK

The outlet said that the heads of the Economic Ministry, as well as Kim Jong-Un himself, were told about the comments before authorities launched an internal investigation.  

It is believed that the unsuspecting workers were summoned to a meeting before they were arrested, forced to confess to undermining the regime, and executed.

It is thought that the communist party officials were shot by firing squad on July 30 after speaking out about the regime's economic policies which have left the country one of the poorest nations in the world (Kim Jong-Un pictured)

It is thought that the communist party officials were shot by firing squad on July 30 after speaking out about the regime’s economic policies which have left the country one of the poorest nations in the world (Kim Jong-Un pictured)

Daily NK also said that their families were transferred to a political camp in Yodeok, Hamgyeongnam-do, which is notorious for housing political dissidents.

The alleged executions have prompted fears that the purges have returned after initially sweeping through the country in 2011 following former the death of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il.

It comes after it was reported that Kim Jong-Un displayed his uncle’s head after executing the powerful general by firing squad.








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