North Korea's vice-premier executed: Report

North Korean vice-premier Choe Yong Gon was exectued by firing squad for voicing frustrations over leader Kim Jong Un's policies, reported South Korea's Yonhap news agency on Aug 12, 2015.
North Korean vice-premier Choe Yong Gon was exectued by firing squad for voicing frustrations over leader Kim Jong Un's policies, reported South Korea's Yonhap news agency on Aug 12, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's vice-premier Choe Yong Gon has been executed for voicing frustration at the policies of leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Wednesday, citing an anonymous source.

Choe, who took the job in June 2014, was executed by firing squad in May after voicing opposition to forestry policies promoted by Kim, Yonhap said, citing the source "with knowledge of the North".

Choe has not been mentioned in the North's state media since last October, it added, in another apparent sign he had been purged.

Choe's death, if confirmed, would be the second reported this year. Defence minister Hyon Yong Chol was said to have been executed in April by anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during formal military rallies.