Five North Korean official were executed with a burst of anti-aircraft guns in the capital Pyongyang last week for providing false information to their leader Kim Jong Un.
The South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a private briefing to lawmakers, while Malaysia is investigates the poisoning death of Kim's estranged elder half brother, Kim Jong Nam.
Though the investigation is still going on, South Korea says it believes Kim Jong Un ordered the assassination, which took place Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport.
The spy agency told lawmakers that five North Korean officials in the department of recently purged state security chief Kim Won Hong were executed by anti-aircraft guns because of the false reports to Kim, South Korean lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo said.
It's unclear what false reports they allegedly made.
South Korean spies have a spotty record when reporting about high-level events in authoritarian, cloistered North Korea.
North Korea fired Kim Won Hong in January, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, Seoul said earlier this month. The fallen minister had been seen as close to Kim Jong Un.
North Korea has not publicly said anything about Kim Won Hong or about the alleged executions in his department.
Lawmaker Lee also cited the NIS as saying that Kim Won Hong's dismissal was linked to those false reports, which "enraged" Kim Jong Un when they were discovered.
Since taking power in late 2011, Kim Jong Un has reportedly executed or purged a large number of high-level government officials. Seoul has called it as "reign of terror."
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Creation of special units tasked to neutralize North Koreas leadership and key facilities in case of contingencies is part of Seouls revised its long-term defense reform plan. "We have made the revision in a bid to secure the most urgent defense capabilities against North Korean threats over the next five years (through 2021)," a high-ranking ministry official told reporters in a background briefing, Yohhap news and other South Korean media reported today
North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un has sacked the chief of the country's spy agency on suspected abuse of power after the ruling party conducted surveillance on the ministry. Kim Won-hong, 72, was dismissed from the head of the Ministry of State Security after the party's audit late last year found his agency had abused its authority
The chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) on Wednesday asked his US counterpart to deploy strategic military assets to the Korean Peninsula in a bid to counter North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats, the military said. Gen
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