Kim Jong-un’s horrific executions – ‘piranha tank’ to flamethrower roasting

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North Korea’s tyrannical leader Kim Jong-un once reportedly executed a general by throwing him into a piranha-filled fish tank.

It's just one of the barbaric methods said to have been used to execute those who have disobeyed the leader since he came into power into 2011.

Other methods include blasting officials to pieces with an anti-tank gun, hangings and burning a prisoner to death using flamethrowers.

Kim reportedly had the giant fish tank built inside Ryongsong Residence, one of his presidential palaces.

The victim’s arms and torso were cut open with knives before he was thrown into the tank filled with hundreds of piranhas from Brazil, said reports.

Some believe Kim got the idea for the piranha-execution method from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me in which villain Karl Stromberg kills his enemies by dropping them into an aquarium filled with sharks.

The unfortunate victim is among at least 16 senior aides who have been bumped off with others including his army chief and the ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia. Hundreds more North Korean citizens have also been killed.

O Sang-hon was the deputy security minister in the Ministry of Public Security who was reportedly killed in a political purge in 2014.

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According to sources quoted by the South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo, O Sang-hon was executed by flamethrower for his role in supporting Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-thaek.

He and 10 other high-ranking officials were said to be executed or interned.

Jang Song-Thaek – his once powerful uncle – was executed in 2014 on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist regime through a military-backed coup.

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All direct relatives of Jang, including children, were also executed, sources told Korea’s Yonhap News Agency at the time.

“Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes,” a source said.

Kim also reportedly ordered the execution of a choir conductor, who was allegedly shot 90 times in front of members of the public in February last year.

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Members of the choir were forced to march past the dead body. This account came from journalist Joo Seong-ha, who writes for the Dong-A Ilbo daily paper.

He wrote: "The conductor of the choir…died horribly in front of his men…. The execution was carried out by three AK-47 automatic riflemen and shooting one magazine (30 rounds) each from a distance of 10m.

"It is said that the body, which was hit by 90 shots, became so full that it could not be lifted."

And in December last year it was reported he had seven people publicly executed for watching K-Pop, in a weird crackdown.

A report from human rights organisation Transitional Justice Working Group says: "Interviewees often stated that the rules on public execution demand that three shooters fire a total of nine bullets into the body of the condemned person"

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"The families of those being executed were often forced to watch the execution."

One defector speaking to the group said that "even when there was fluid leaking from the condemned person's brain", local residents were still people "made to stand in line and look at the executed person in the face as a warning message."

Possession of K-pop music is strictly banned by the dictator. But despite calling the South Korean entertainment a "vicious cancer", Kim Jong Un attended a K-Pop concert in the North Korean capital in 2018.

Kim's half-brother was killed in February 2017 in an attack widely believed to have been ordered by the regime.

While he waited for a flight at Kuala Lumpur airport, two women attacked Kim Jong-Nam with the VX nerve agent and he died about 15 to 20 minutes later.

Some experts say the reports of the brutal execution methods could just be rumours fed by the regime to instil fear or may be invented by North Korea's enemies.

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