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Report: North Korea Executes Top Education Official for 'Anti-Party Activities'

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A North Korean official who complained about the government has been executed, according to a new report.

The official, whose name is only given as Park, was executed after a commission for implementing North Korea’s Distance Education Act that did not “make any progress and because some have criticized the government’s policies,” according to the Daily NK, which cited an unnamed source from within the nation.

The commission was first formed in June. As the source reportedly told the Daily NK, the commission’s members insisted that equipment was needed before the Distance Education Act could take effect.

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The source revealed when Park passed his complaints up the chain of authority, not much happened.

He was reportedly told, “There are no instructions from the Central Committee, so stay put [and keep silent].”

The report then quoted Park as venting his displeasure with the higher-ups.

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“I don’t understand why [the authorities] would choose to implement the act, create this commission, and call busy professors away from their university jobs [if they were not going to give the commission any resources],” Park said, according to the outlet.

Park also reportedly suggested a different way to increase education in rural parts of North Korea.

The Daily NK reported the suggestion was silently ignored.

Ri Guk Chol, the president of Kim Il Sung University and the head of the Ministry of Higher Education, was allegedly informed about the problems with the policy.

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According to the outlet, Chol decided the solution was to tell the Central Committee about Park’s comments.

“Everyone knows that the nation is experiencing difficulties, but policies can’t be executed properly because of people like [Park], whose heads are not in the right place,” he purportedly said.

An investigation by North Korea’s Organization and Guidance Department ensued, the outlet reported.

Then, in March, the Ministry of State Security reportedly executed Park for “anti-party and anti-revolutionary sectarian activities within the education sector.”

As for the rest of the commission members, they will undergo ideological examinations, according to the Daily NK.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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