North Korea fumes at reports on first lady's past
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Sunday angrily denied reports that it had executed several state performers to cover up the past of its first lady, calling the media accounts an "unpardonable" crime.
The denial came a day after the North indefinitely postponed reunions for families divided by the Korean War, citing South Korean hostility, slander and provocation.
Sunday's denunciation focused on several recent reports carried by the South's "reptile media" aimed at "hurting the dignity" of supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
In particular it cited a Saturday report in Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper - picked up by South Korean broadcasters and websites - that several members of the North's Unhasu Orchestra and other state music troupes had been executed by firing squad for taping themselves having sex.