Kim Jong Un executed a senior official by firing squad because he was slouching during a meeting, it has been claimed.
The North Korean dictator had education minister Kim Yong-Jin, 63, shot dead with an anti-aircraft gun for his ‘bad sitting posture’ in parliament, an official told South Korean newspaper
The man was spotted at a meeting on June 29 when the leader was named chairman of a new national defence department.
Yong-Jin was then sent to be re-educated at a rural farm before he was executed in July for being an ‘anti-revolutionary agitator’.
Choe Hwi, vice director of North Korea’s propaganda and agitation department, is also believed to have been sent to a similar camp.
This comes after reports that two top officials were allegedly executed for disobeying Kim Jong Un.
But North Korean media claim the reports of the two executions last week were false.
It was reported that Ri Yong Jin, a senior official at the education ministry, was executed by anti-aircraft gun after he fell asleep in a meeting.
It was also falsely claimed that Hwang Min, an agriculture minister, was killed for coming up with new farming ideas.
North Korea rarely announces purges or executions, although state media confirmed the 2012 execution of Kim’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, for factionalism and crimes damaging to the economy.