North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the executions of at least two people, according to a South Korean lawmaker briefed by the country’s spy agency.
Ha Tae-keung told reporters on Friday that a North Korean customs official was killed in August for allegedly continuing the importation of goods from China without following Covid-19 prevention rules and measures.
The official had worked at Sinuiju, a city on the border between North Korea and China.
South Korea’s spy agency sees North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as making “unreasonable responses regarding Covid-19 prevention measures,” Ha told reporters, according to his office.
Ha also said that a North Korean foreign exchange dealer was executed in October after the US dollar plunged in value against the North Korean won, according to his office.
CNN has not been able to independently verify the reported killings.
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