Monday, May 4, 2015

Did North Korea Execute Four Orchestra Musicians?

This file photo taken on April 15, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un saluting as he watches a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder and his grandfather. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty)
North Korea has always had a curious relationship to classical music, dating back to the late ruler Kim Jong Il, who claimed to have written six operas, and whose state-run orchestras would play entire Tchaikovsky symphonies by memory. On Wednesday came a report from South Korea's spy agency that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution last month of four members of Pyongyang's Unhasu Orchestra.
The musicians were killed by firing squad on charges of espionage, according to separate reports in the Associated Press and the Korean Herald.  more