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Kim Jong Un Executes Ex-Girlfriend for Sex Tape
Even in North Korea, scandals occur. In NK, those executed are usually thought to be a real threat to the inner circle of the supreme leader, which makes this execution odd.
Hyon Sol Wol was North Korea's rising star, a singer in the Unhasu Orchestra, a renowned entity known outside of the country. Her fame peaked in 2005. Between 2000-2006, the young Kim Jong dated and had a relationship with her until the father had her removed from the orchestra to separate the two lovers. Kim's current wife, Ri sol-Ju, an attractive woman who has been seen in public with the leader many times, was also in the orchestra at the same time Hyon was. There is speculation they knew one another in some manner.
After Hyon and Kim broke off the relationship, Hyon moved on and married a NK military officer and had a child. However, Kim and Hyon may have secretly rekindled their affair in 2011.
Thus, on August 17th, Hyon and 11 others from the orchestra were lined up against a wall and executed by machine gun fire while their family members were forced to watch. The group had been accused of making a sex tape depicting themselves and the tape was smuggled into China. The family members of those killed were all sent to "special camps" for re-education.
The whole thing is mysterious, yet probably simple. Assuming Kim and Hyon had rekindled their affair in 2011, Ri, Kim's wife, may have threatened to leave Kim unless Hyon was silenced or removed. That is one possibility. The other is perhaps Kim simply wanted to eliminate her permanently so no scandal would occur. Perhaps the sex tape made included Kim himself from when he was not the leader but just a single, young guy in love with a woman. Of course, the embarrassment to NK and having its famed orchestra involved in group sex made public was also the reason.