China Has No Information on the Execution of North Korean defense Chief
kpride, May 13, 2015, 8:48 a.m.
China said Wednesday that it has "no information" about the reported execution of North Korea's defense minister. South Korea's intelligence agency told lawmakers earlier in the day that the North's defense minister, Hyon Yong-chol, was executed for showing disloyalty to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
"I have seen media reports, but we have no information on that," China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying replied, referring to the reported execution. If confirmed, it will mark another case showing the brutal nature of Kim in handling top officials, following the stunning execution of his once-powerful uncle, Jang Song-thaek, in 2013.
South Korea's National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that Hyon was executed late last month with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the North Korean leader and falling asleep at a rally attended by Kim.
The Chinese state news agency, Xinhua, reported on Wednesday afternoon that it had asked the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) to confirm or deny the reported execution. However, an unnamed official at the KCNA replied that, "We did not know about the situation."