Hyon Yong-chol

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Hyon Yong-chol (Chosŏn'gŭl: 현영철; Hancha: 玄永哲; MR: Hyŏn Yŏngch'ŏl; 1949 – 30 April 2015[1][2][3]) was a North Korean general and politician. From June 2014 until his apparent death, he was the Defence Minister of North Korea.

On 13 May 2015, it was reported by South Korean media that he was executed on or around 30 April 2015.[4] As of May 14, 2015, North Korea has not commented on the South's claim, making Hyon's current status uncertain.[5] Later it was confirmed that he was executed.

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  1. "North Korea officially confirmed Hyon Yong Chol's execution". United Press International. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. "Hyon Yong-chol, the general who rose out of obscurity". BBC News. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. "North Korea defense chief was purged, maybe not executed, says Seoul's spy agency". 13 May 2015.
  4. "North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed'". BBC. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  5. "North Korea defense chief was purged, maybe not executed, says Seoul's spy agency". UPI.