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How North Korean dictators deal with ex-lovers

posted at 10:18 am on August 29, 2013 by

Death by firing squad.

Kim Jong-un’s ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad nine days ago, according to South Korean reports.

Hyon Song-wol, a singer, rumoured to be a former lover of the North Korean leader, is said to have been arrested on Aug 17 with 11 others for violating laws against pornography.

All 12 were 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.

“They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on,” said a Chinese source reported in the newspaper.

Absolutely horrific and awful. To be fair, Song-wol wasn’t killed simply because she was Kim Jong-un’s ex-lover, but holy crap.

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Her demise started when she first appeared in public with a nice platinum and diamond brooch where her Kim Il-sung button should have been.

Then, well, think of Sharon Stone’s character in “Casino.

Pretty much tracks Hyon Song-wol’s life after meeting Kim Jung-un.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

To be fair, Song-wol wasn’t killed simply because she was Kim Jong-un’s ex-lover, but holy crap.

How can anyone outside the NK cabal know why this happened?

Akzed on August 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Kim Jung-un is a reformer /Obama

Grunt on August 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM

To be fair, Song-wol wasn’t killed simply because she was Kim Jong-un’s ex-lover, but holy crap.

They don’t execute for porn in North Korea.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM

To be fair, Song-wol wasn’t killed simply because she was Kim Jong-un’s ex-lover…

Why would you buy into the North Korean propaganda about this? For all we know she was killed because she inadvertently chuckled at Fat Leaders tiny dinghy when forced to fellate him.

NotCoach on August 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM

lexhamfox on August 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM

They do…but it all depends on which circle of proximity one is to the leader. Used to tag the interest of Norks overseas now and then with a bit of porn…a very puritan sort they were.

But, I have to believe that this Hyun honey started her decline when she started wearing expensive jewelry instead of the proper Kim Il-sung button…and began living a lifestyle akin to Sharon Stone’s character in the Scorsese movie, “Casino.

The inner circle out there has grown more and more like the inner circle around Tsar Nicholas back in the early 1900′s…or the dandies scampering around old Versailles…before the Bastille.

They’ve an HIV problem, and a drug problem…and Kim Jung-un’s older brother, the first son, was prevented from following Kim Chong-il because of his personal drug problem and rapacious gambling habit…he is still under house arrest of sorts in Macau…also involved in the porn film business at one time….but the first son of the Dear leader…gets you a reprieve. Being some dance hall floozie…OK… Magnolia Pavilion floozie, in the case of this Hyun honey…not so much.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Wow! Spent nearly a decade playing with North Koreans…and two posts in a row..one after the other…just disappeared.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

To be fair, Song-wol wasn’t killed simply because she was Kim Jong-un’s ex-lover…

The headline for this post kind of makes light of these executions.

It’s like you were looking for a way to set up commenters to make punch lines.

bluegill on August 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Other bits from the actual article…

Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before marriage and one theory is that Ri objected to the continuing high profile of her husband’s former girlfriend.

She was luckier than Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, who was executed with a mortar round in October 2012.
Kim Chol was reportedly executed for drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death. On the explicit orders of Kim Jong-un to leave “no trace of him behind, down to his hair,” according to South Korean media, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been zeroed in for a mortar round and “obliterated.”

Flange on August 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Why would you buy into the North Korean propaganda about this? For all we know she was killed because she inadvertently chuckled at Fat Leaders tiny dinghy when forced to fellate him.

NotCoach on August 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Seems unlikely that he’d kill two whole bands over that. And sure it’s likely propaganda to say she was killed over porn, but it’s probably still not fair to say she was killed solely cause she was his ex.

Esthier on August 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Maybe Dennis Rodman can give us the real scoop.

RadClown on August 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Ms. Pavlich,

The charges made at a North Korean public execution are for political and propaganda purposes. There need not be any basis in reality. I would be fairly surprised to find that there was any truth to the charges. The clear message from Kim is, “This is what happens to those who get on my bad side.”

Mycroft Holmes on August 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Seems unlikely that he’d kill two whole bands over that. And sure it’s likely propaganda to say she was killed over porn, but it’s probably still not fair to say she was killed solely cause she was his ex.

Esthier on August 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

You are assuming they operate in any way, shape, or form that is rational. A paranoid state run by fat, paranoid sociopaths does whatever the hell it wants to save face, or crush dissent. This from the article:

All 12 were 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.

They don’t kill just offenders. They kill and imprison anyone who ever said hi or smiled at the offenders. So yes, I think it’s quite possible this was a personal vendetta against just her.

NotCoach on August 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

NotCoach on August 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Kim’s wife was a member of the same band before she married Kim. The vendetta may be her’s.

Flange on August 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Our Dear Leader needs to launch some cruise missles at his NK namesake. After all, it would be only fair considering their level of atrocity.

Just another thought, slightly OT. Our Dear Leader has horrifically killed perhaps well over 100 innocent bystanders while vaporizing by drone al Queda bad guys who threatened our national security. How is this any different than Assad killing perhaps well over 100 innocent bystanders while chemically eliminating al Queda bad guys who threatened Syria’s national security?

Is Our Dear Leader contemplating a forced regime change here at home because of his actions? If not, how can he in any way justify enabling a forced regime change in Syria?

NOMOBO on August 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Kim’s wife was a member of the same band before she married Kim. The vendetta may be her’s.

Flange on August 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Quite possibly.

NotCoach on August 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

As long as Obama isn’t taking notes….

meci on August 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Moochelle better start worrying then.

neyney on August 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

This is why Obama has bemoaned the fact that he is just a president and not a dictator.

SpiderMike on August 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Soylent Kimchee is PEEEEEOPLE!

ErnstBlofeld on August 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

What, no mention of the Army officer he had executed with a mortar round?

BobMbx on August 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM

A sad end for a most excellent horse-lady.

RAB on August 29, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Lovely.. Joffrey Baratheon has nuclear weapons.

Illinidiva on August 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

He did it for love or is really afraid of his wife.

Dr. Frank Enstine on August 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Put out or I’ll have you killed…
AND
Put out and I’ll have you killed…
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It’s the “heads I win, tails you lose” strategy.

ExpressoBold on August 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Kim’s wife was a member of the same band before she married Kim. The vendetta may be her’s.

Flange on August 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Maybe more akin to, “Like he!! I’m letting Sammy Hagar take over Van Halen!”?

What, no mention of the Army officer he had executed with a mortar round?

BobMbx on August 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Flange pointed out it was in the article.

GWB on August 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

They don’t kill just offenders. They kill and imprison anyone who ever said hi or smiled at the offenders. So yes, I think it’s quite possible this was a personal vendetta against just her.

NotCoach on August 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The article also mentions political dissent as the more likely cause.

I mean, come on. It’s not like they just broke up last week or something. Yes, I believe the man could be this petty, but these were famous musicians, ones who sang patriotic songs. If it was all about her, he could have said she stared in a private porn video and could still have had everyone else watch her execution and go to reeducation camps.

I’m all for understanding that he’s irrational, but he’s not a cartoon.

Esthier on August 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I’m all for understanding that he’s irrational, but he’s not a cartoon.

Esthier on August 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

What about his wife?

Flange on August 29, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Well if Lil’ Un follows any procedures from the Chinese, they’ll have the relatives pay for the ammo. Really, they do.

Missilengr on August 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

What about his wife?

Flange on August 29, 2013 at 3:05 PM

She’s lucky she wasn’t also executed, and I’m sure she knows it.

Esthier on August 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

In a marriage scenario, it would tend to reduce the alimony.

MaiDee on August 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I remember when they were being seen together (the great mystery woman) after their romance was rekindled, which romance had ended when Un’s father had forced him to quit seeing her when Un was being groomed to be the Great Leader. I guess a pop star was not the ideal the people of China would want in a First Lady.

They’d known each other since teens. After their breakup, she’d gotten married/divorced and had a child. Both her child/ex-husband just dropped out off the scene with nothing being heard about either of them after the romance with Un was rekindled after the death of Un’s father. (Un had attended one of her shows, which began their reacquaintance.)

People wondered out loud how it didn’t seem to bother her that she wasn’t ever seen again with her child or that her child was not seen again publicly, nor was her ex-. The thought was that perhaps having a shot at being the First Lady of China had made it seem worth it. She certainly didn’t seem too sad about it as they tooled about the country. Or, maybe she didn’t have a choice?

At any rate, this just shows how unstable this maniac is.

avagreen on August 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

When I saw that the thread was talking about lil un (little one), I thought it was another anthony weiner thread…jk

crosshugger on August 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

If there is a leader I would have no problem the U.S. assassinating with a drone it is Kim. North Korea could actually be a decent place if it was reunited with the South and run by Seoul. Unlike Syria, which is populated by people who believe in Islam, bringing democracy would work in North Korea just as it has in the South.

Sad to see such things like this happen to people who do have such potential to be civilized. We can all thank China for bringing this sick joke of a country to this world.

William Eaton on August 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

To be fair, rumor is that Obama had his ex-gay-lovers killed. All except one.

The Rogue Tomato on August 29, 2013 at 6:19 PM

At any rate, this just shows how unstable this maniac is.

avagreen on August 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Does anyone remember how the little doughboy ranted about starting a nuclear war with the U.S. the minute he rose to power? The world was beginning to wonder if they should actually take him seriously when the increasingly nervous NK senior military slapped some 200 mph tape across the kid’s jowls and we haven’t heard any more since.

Seems like the only time he emerges in the news is for some off-the-wall behavior.

timmytee on August 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

This is otherwise known as a divorce in NK’s elite circle. If you are in you’re set. If you “fall from grace” you’re dead.

HotAirian on August 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Seems like the only time he emerges in the news is for some off-the-wall behavior.

timmytee on August 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Yeah, I remember that,too. I thought it was for compensation for something shorter than he was.

Yes, to the last, too.

avagreen on August 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

To be fair

I can stop you right there. Fair? Were they?

There is not a government in the world I hold more disdain for at this moment.

goflyers on August 29, 2013 at 9:54 PM

To be fair, Song-wol wasn’t killed simply because she was Kim Jong-un’s ex-lover, but holy crap.

Katie Pavlich

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How can anyone outside the NK cabal know why this happened?

Akzed on August 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

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Dittos.

listens2glenn on August 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Everything you said is true except they have not executed anyone to date for pornography. Disappeared off with the family to a punishment farm, yes. Executions, no. Punishments are tracked by a number of groups and a Japanese expert on the regime has also commented on story making the same point.

So far, everyone is still sourcing a regional Chinese paper for this and this story itself was ‘overheard.’ A regime as twisted as the DPRK’s is capable of anything… the reality of frogmen abducting young Japanese beach goers to teach language sort of makes offing half of the DPRKs celebrity line-up seem entirely plausible.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I remember when they were being seen together (the great mystery woman) after their romance was rekindled, which romance had ended when Un’s father had forced him to quit seeing her when Un was being groomed to be the Great Leader. I guess a pop star was not the ideal the people of China would want in a First Lady.

They’d known each other since teens. After their breakup, she’d gotten married/divorced and had a child. Both her child/ex-husband just dropped out off the scene with nothing being heard about either of them after the romance with Un was rekindled after the death of Un’s father. (Un had attended one of her shows, which began their reacquaintance.)

People wondered out loud how it didn’t seem to bother her that she wasn’t ever seen again with her child or that her child was not seen again publicly, nor was her ex-. The thought was that perhaps having a shot at being the First Lady of China had made it seem worth it. She certainly didn’t seem too sad about it as they tooled about the country. Or, maybe she didn’t have a choice?

At any rate, this just shows how unstable this maniac is.

avagreen on August 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I think you’re a little confused.

DarkCurrent on August 30, 2013 at 4:39 AM

I think you’re a little confused.

DarkCurrent on August 30, 2013 at 4:39 AM

ha! I caught the second one but not the first one.

cptacek on August 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

It’s time for someone to explain to me again about that multi-cultural equivalence thing.

RebeccaH on August 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM