North Korea has executed five senior security officials for making false reports to leader Kim Jong Un – according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
The victims were said to have worked in the same department as former state security chief Kim Won Hong, who was dismissed last month amid allegations of corruption.
Kim Jong Un has reportedly executed a large number of government officials since taking power in 2011.
The latest reports come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death there of Kim’s estranged elder half brother, Kim Jong Nam.
Kim Jong Nam died in agony within 20 minutes of being hit with deadly VX, it emerged yesterday.
Malaysian health minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said no antidote could have saved Kim Jong-nam after exposure to the nerve toxin – which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN.