Kim Jong Un's 'Executed' Ex Surfaces
Hyon Song Wol was supposedly killed by firing squad
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2014 4:49 PM CDT
In this Wednesday, April 9, 2014 image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps during the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

(Newser) – Kim Jong Un's ex-girlfriend died by firing squad ... right? Sure, except she spoke Friday at a televised meeting of artists in Pyongyang and thanked her powerful ex for supporting the arts, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hyon Song Wol, a pop star, was reportedly one of as many as a dozen people executed by firing squad last year for acting in porno videos sold in China, according to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo. Even Japan's Asahi Shimbun paper joined in, saying the performers were killed to stop lurid rumors from getting out about the lifestyle of Kim Jong Un's wife, Ri Sol Ju, when she was an entertainer, the Telegraph reports.

"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 sources at the time. But analysts have debated the report ever since, with some saying there was an execution that didn't include Hyon. North Korea's state news agency reacted angrily, blaming the reports on "psychopaths" and "confrontation maniacs" in South Korea. (More from the realm of dubious North Korea stories: the country found a "unicorn lair.")

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TwoSheds
May 20, 2014 7:38 AM CDT
They claimed it was an anti-aircraft gun firing squad.
D-Day
May 19, 2014 2:03 PM CDT
Those same reporters probably forward Facebook posts that claim Bill Gates will pay them for it.
J Conrad Howard
May 19, 2014 11:27 AM CDT
Now if they could only find those WMD's Bush would not loom like such a liar!!!