31 May 2019 — Moon of Alabama
Huffington Post – August 30 2013
Unconfirmed reports claim the ex-girlfriend of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was executed by firing squad along with 11 others, after the group allegedly made and sold a sex tape.
Hyon Song Wol, a singer in North Korea’s famed Unhasu Orchestra, was killed by machine gun along with 11 other members of the orchestra and the Wangjaesan Light Music Band, another popular state-run music group in North Korea, according to a report in The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest daily newspaper.
The report, which cites an anonymous source in China, says the group was arrested Aug. 17 for filming and selling a pornographic video featuring themselves.
New York Post – May 17 2014
Pyongyang’s state TV showed Hyon Song-Wol, the head of a band known as Moranbong, delivering a speech at a national art workers rally in Pyongyang.
She expressed gratitude for Kim’s leadership and pledged to work harder to “stoke up the flame for art and creative work”.
In 2017 Hyon Song-Wol was elected to the Workers Party’s Central Committee.
New York Times – February 10 2016
A top general in North Korea was executed this month on corruption charges, around the time the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, warned the party and military elites against abuse of power and other misdeeds, a South Korean official said Wednesday.
The general, Ri Yong-gil, chief of the North Korean Army’s general staff and ranked third in its hierarchy, was executed on charges of “factionalism, abuse of power and corruption” in the latest episode of Mr. Kim’s “reign of terror,” the official said.
Washington Times – May 10 2016
A top North Korean military general reported to have been executed three months ago is actually very much alive and has now been appointed to two senior-level positions within the nation’s ruling Workers’ Party.
New York Times – May 30 2019
North Korea has executed its special envoy to the United States on spying charges, as its leader, Kim Jong-un, has engineered a sweeping purge of the country’s top nuclear negotiators after the breakdown of his second summit meeting with President Trump, a major South Korean daily reported on Friday.
Kim Hyok-chol, the envoy, was executed by firing squad in March at the Mirim airfield in a suburb of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest daily, reported on Friday, citing an anonymous source. Mr. Kim faced the charge that he was “won over by the American imperialists to betray the supreme leader,” the newspaper said.
We are now awaiting news of Kim Hyok-chol’s promotion to an important Workers Party position.
Update June 3 2019
As expected it turned out that Kim Hyok-chol is alive and well. He is also holding on to important party positions.
Yonhap News Agency – June 3 2019
SEOUL, June 3 (Yonhap) — A top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watched an art troupe’s performance together with the leader, Pyongyang’s state media reported Monday, belying rumors that he was purged for the leader’s embarrassing no-deal summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim Yong-chol, who served as Pyongyang’s chief interlocutor and counterpart of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, attended Sunday’s performance by amateur art groups made up of the wives of military officers, together with leader Kim and other top officials, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
In the Supreme People’s Assembly in mid-April, he was also appointed as a member of the State Affairs Commission, the communist state’s most powerful administrative apparatus, of which Kim Jong-un was re-elected as chairman.