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N.K. executes vice premier: Seoul official

2016/08/31 10:59

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has carried out the execution of a vice premier, a Seoul government official said Wednesday, as the North's leader moves to further strengthen his reign of terror.

The official at Seoul's unification ministry said North Korea executed the 63-year-old Kim Yong-jin by firing squad last month.

He also added that the North sent Kim Yong-chol, 71, the head of the United Front Department (UFD), to a rural farm for one month of re-education in mid-July.

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