South Korea says top North Korean official executed

August 31, 2016 3:30 AM

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has executed a vice premier and banished two other top officials to rural areas for re-education, South Korean officials said Wednesday.

If confirmed, they would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals carried out since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took power in late 2011.

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