A news report out of Korea that NBC says they have yet to verify claims that Kim Jong Un has executed his ex-girlfriend by firing squad. The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported that Kim Jung Il’s ex-girlfriend, Hyon Song-Wol, was among 12 people shot dead for violating North Korea’s pornography laws. Song-Wol was a prominent singer before her death. Kim Jong Un seems to be channeling Henry VIII, only with a different method of execution; Henry VIII preferred a blade to do in two of his wives, while Jong Un prefers death by firing squad.
Chosun Ilbo went on to say that Song Wol had been arrested on August 17 and was executed by firing squad on August 20. All 12 who were killed had been accused of “videotaping themselves having sex and selling the videos,” the paper said.
Besides Song Wol, there were other entertainers killed as well, including the head of North Korea’s Unhasu Orchestra, Mon Kyong-Jin, along with several members of the Wangjaesan Light Music Band, and Moranbong Band, an all-female musical group.
A source told Chosun Ilbo, “They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on.” All family members of the 12 executed have been shipped off to concentration camps because of the North Korean concept of “guilt by association.”
Out of the 12 people executed, several were carrying copies of the bible. It is illegal to own or carry a bible in North Korea.
The Australian points out that South Korea has sometimes released sensational news stories about North Korea which turn out to be false, and cautions readers to consider this when learning more about the story. Verifying stories out of North Korea is difficult, if not impossible, due to how isolated North Korea is from the rest of the world.
The Australian also points out, though, that North Korean defectors often tell of mass executions by firing squad and the subsequent jailing of associated family members of the deceased. However, the usual punishment for involvement in pornography is jail, not death, which leads some to believe that the execution was performed because Song-Wol may have “known too much.”
Jong Un met Hyon Song-Wol ten years prior and began an intense love affair. His father, however, did not give his blessing to the relationship, and Jong Un broke up with her at his father’s urging. There were widespread reports that after his father died, the love affair resumed. Jong Un is said to have attended a concert in which Song Wol recently appeared.
The source who spoke with Chosun Ilbo said that Kim Jong Un has been very keen on “viciously eliminating anyone who he deems a challenge to his authority.” That sounds a lot like Henry VIII’s modus operandi. Since the bloodthirsty king killed two of his wives, it might be good advice for any of Kim Jong Un’s ex girlfriends, and even current wife, to begin to worry. Could Henry VIII have been reincarnated in Kim Jong Un’s body? If not, the two rulers surely would have been fast friends.
By: Rebecca Savastio