N.Korea's Ex-Railways Minister Executed

      July 15, 2010 10:27

      Kim Yong-sam

      A nationwide campaign is underway recently in North Korea to get rid of photos and publications of executed former senior officials, Radio Free Asia claimed Tuesday.

      This campaign was ordered by leader Kim Jong-il on July 2. The North's Press Censorship Bureau is reportedly destroying documents and materials collected from across the country.

      According to RFA, the campaign's targets include Pak Nam-gi, the former director of the North Korean Workers Party's Planning and Finance Department who was executed in March over the disastrous currency reform, and former railways minister Kim Yong-sam.

      "Railway workers suffering from the food shortage stole copper and aluminum parts from locomotive trains that were in store for wartime and sold them as scrap metal. As a result, about 100 locomotives were scrapped," it claimed. "This was revealed in an inspection by the National Defense Commission in 2008." Kim Yong-sam was then taken to the State Security Department and executed in March the following year, it added.

      Kim Yong-sam was appointed railways minister in September 1998 but has not been seen in public since October 2008, when he was replaced by current minister Jon Kil-su.

      A Unification Ministry official said rumors about his execution are "rampant."

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