Turtle boss executed after angering Kim

09 July 2015 - 02:26 By ©The Daily Telegraph


The manager of a terrapin farm who incurred the wrath of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has been executed. State-run media released pictures in mid-May of a furious Kim berating officials of Taedonggang Terrapin Farm after the dictator arrived to provide "field guidance".KCNA reported that the farm for breeding terrapins, a species of small turtle, had been set up on the orders of Kim Jong-il, father of the present ruler, but all the baby terrapins in the tanks died.Officials tried to explain that a lack of electricity meant water could not be pumped into tanks, and there were shortages of feed for the terrapins.Kim was also outraged part of the farm had not been set aside to "educate employees in the revolutionary history" of Kim Jong-il, KCNA reported.He dismissed officials' explanations, saying "only sighs of defeatists come from units" that fail to "uphold and glorify the leadership exploits of the great leaders and the party".Excuses about problems with water, electricity and equipment were "nonsensical complaints", the Daily NK website reported.Pyongyang sources told NK News the manager of the farm was shot dead shortly after Kim's visit.No one appears to have attempted to stop the execution, though sources said the assumption is that it "would have happened anyway" as Kim was determined to "set an example".The incident - with the execution of engineers held responsible for the collapse of an apartment building in Pyongyang in May 2014 - seems to have galvanised state employees to express their loyalty to Kim.But there are reports that increasing numbers of senior officials - who would previously have held coveted and safe positions - are defecting because they fear his unpredictable purges.Earlier reports said North Korea had executed the head of its military on charges of treason on April 30, with the firing squad using anti-aircraft weapons.He was reportedly seen nodding off at a military event and failed to carry out the orders of Kim, the National Intelligence Service said in a report to the South Korean government.According to South Korean intelligence estimates, Kim has ordered the execution of at least 70 senior party, government and military officials since he inherited power in December 2011.

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