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N. Korea executed 15 senior officials this year: spy agency

All Headlines 17:03 April 29, 2015

SEOUL, April 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has killed 15 senior officials this year, two South Korean lawmakers said Wednesday, in the latest public executions in the communist country.

In January, a vice forestry minister was executed for allegedly complaining about the country's forestation plan, the lawmakers told reporters after being briefed by South Korea's spy agency in a closed-door parliamentary session.

North Korea has often carried out public executions in what critics say is aimed at instituting a reign of terror to consolidate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's grip on power that he inherited upon the death of his father and long-time leader Kim Jong-il in 2011.

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