North Korean defector saw musicians ‘blown apart’ by anti-aircraft guns

“Yes, they have to sleep with him and they cannot make a mistake or object because they could very easily simply disappear”, she said.

The escapee then recalled how the guns were fired one by one, saying: “The musicians just disappeared each time the guns were fired into them”. The tracks of the tanks were run over the remains and blood repeatedly, over and over again and made to grind the remains, to smash them into the ground until there was nothing left.

Left feeling “desperately ill” after the grim spectacle, she later chose to escape the country.

Hee Yeon Lim, 26, the daughter of North Korean solider Colonel Wui Yeon Lim, has given a rare insight into life under Kim in Pyongyang.

The 25-year-old defector said 10,000 people were forced to watch the gruesome spectacle as it unfolded in a sports ground at the Military Academy in Pyongyang, not long after Kim Jong-un took over as supreme leader following his father’s death in 2011. It also said that Tunku Ismail – the crown prince of the southern state of Johor – would be allowed to travel directly through North Korea’s airspace anytime he wants to visit the nuclear-armed nation. “I saw bad things in Pyongyang”, Hee Yeon said.

A friend of Yeon who worked in one of Kim’s hundreds of homes in Pyongyang confirmed that the dictator indulges in $2,700 “bird’s nest soup”, caviar and other imported dishes, even as the rest of North Korea suffered from poverty and food.

“They take the prettiest and ensure they have straight, good legs”.

But Ms Hee Yeon said his cruelty isn’t just saved for disloyalty, and that he also keeps teenage sex slaves.

Hee Yeon also discussed Kim Jong-un’s extravagances, adding that when he goes for lunch he does so in style.

The brutal punishments meted out for “crimes” including having a “bad attitude”, treachery and for one poor party member slouching in a meeting.

The Institute for National Security Strategy – a South Korean think tank – released “The misgoverning of Kim Jong-un’s five years in power” detailing how he uses executions to tighten his grip on power.

Once he’s finished with them, he either dismisses them or marries them to top officials.

Several previous reports which painted Kim as a hot-tempered man reported Kim executing his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, out of rage after finding out about an alleged coup plot that was planned with China.

In 2015, satellite images emerged purporting to show the imminent public execution of a group of people with six Russian-made ZPU-4 anti-aircraft guns.

The nationalised economy of the country is weak, based on industries like machine building, mining and textiles, with little exported, and often its 25 million-strong population suffer starvation or food shortages – except for Kim Jong-un and his people, who seem to be relatively well off.

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