Kim Jong-un's ex-lover shot to death, while North Korean pop groups watched

Hyon Song-wol in the video for her 2005 North Korean pop music hit, 'A Girl In The Saddle Of A Steed.'

Reports coming out of South Korea indicate that Hyon Song-wol, a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra rumored to have been the lover of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was among those arrested on August 17 for violating North Korean laws on pornography.

She and 12 others were reportedly machine-gunned three days later, "with other members of North Korea's most famous pop groups and their immediate families forced to watch. The onlookers were then sent to prison camps, victims of the regime's assumption of guilt by association, the reports stated."

More at the UK Telegraph.

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  1. Hyphen says:

    Yeah... this is according to a Chinese source. The North Korean regime may be crazy, but this seems a bit over the top for even them. According to the report some of the band members were found carrying Bibles? Really? Coming soon as talking points from a conservative religious organization asking for your money.

  2. Authorities worldwide are hoping that this so-called 'Pyongyang Style' does not become a viral hit among pop-culture-crazed youth...

  3. Enkidu says:

    Sorry to be a fuddy-duddy, but...ugh. Consider yourself finger-wagged.

  4. Like Sadam Hussain and Osama Bin Laddin, the link is "disliked by the regime." It's the logic of "I hate them both so they MUST be in cahoots."

  5. teapot says:

    Dafuq. The thing with skepticism is that without some sort of reasoning behind it, it's merely opinion.

    The Chinese and NK dissidents are usually the only sources for everything on NK because only they have the first-hand, non-scripted experience of the place.

    But this sounds like propaganda.

    Whose propaganda? The Chinese are NK's allies and South Korea, while they hate NK, wouldn't just run bullshit for the purposes of propaganda. If they just wanted to sully the name of NK then why not make up something more believable? Also, if we never see or hear about this woman again then that's a pretty good clue it's real. She was a famous nationally-recognised pop singer.

    Regarding the bibles, it's not that unusual. Considering the strange charge of making pr0n there's a good chance both that and the bibles is just a trumped up charge in order to kill this woman who Lil' Kim's wife might have beef with. The other option is that, like Soviet Russia, the ban on religion might mean that the forbidden fruit is tempting and accessible, especially for "creative" types such as musicians. Thought-crime is cool ya'know?

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