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Kerry Calls for More Pressure on North Korea Over ‘Horrendous’ Acts

Kerry Calls for More Pressure on North Korea Over ‘Horrendous’ Acts

SEOUL, South Korea — Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for increased international pressure on the government of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, berating the country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and its “horrendous” executions of people close to the leader.

“The world is hearing increasingly more and more stories of grotesque, grisly, horrendous, public displays of executions on a whim and fancy by the leader against people who were close to him, sometimes on the flimsiest of excuses,” Mr. Kerry said, referring to Mr. Kim, during a news conference in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

Mr. Kerry made the comment in response to a recent report that Mr. Kim had ordered one of his top generals, the minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Hyon Yong-chol, executed with an antiaircraft gun for disloyalty. General Hyon was accused, among other crimes, of dozing off during a meeting Mr. Kim presided over, the National Intelligence Service of South Korea said last week.

Source: Kerry Calls for More Pressure on North Korea Over ‘Horrendous’ Acts – NYTimes.com

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