The Hermit Kingdom is going full-guns on top political officers to prevent the regime from falling apart under incredible pressure caused by international sanctions, says General Vincent K. Brooks, the top commander in South Korea.
Speaking at the Wall Street Journal, Brooks said the people Kim is ordering as items for target practice are being accused of corruption. Recent reports suggest that a key figure of Kim Jong Un's inner circle was reportedly executed by death squad.
"We're seeing some increase in executions, mostly against political officers who are in military units, for corruption," Brooks said. "[The executions] are really about trying to clamp down as much as possible on something that might be deteriorating and keeping it from deteriorating too quickly."
Brook's comments came after rumors that Hwang Pyong-so, a vice marshal who held a top senior post in North Korea's military, was reportedly expelled and "punished" for "impure attitude."
Hwang hasn't been seen since Oct. 13. South Korea's spy agency reported back in March that Hwang and his deputy, Kim Won-hong, were killed according to Yonhap News Agency.
Kim Won-hong was supposedly sentenced to a year in a NoKo prison camp. As for Hwang, many of Kim Jong Un's latest actions indicate that the one guy Kim Jong Un trusted for around ten years, has been executed, possibly be the same firing squad that killed Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek.
Gen. Brooks said that North Koreans are defecting via routes that were rarely used before, such as crossing the Demilitarized Zone. Two North Korean soldiers have defected through the Joint Security Area in less than a year, which was a way rarely seen previously.
But you can be sure, in spite of the immense international sanctions place against North Korea, their leader, Kim Jong Un, is not starving, only his people are.