North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un posed for one of his trademark glossy photo shoots in Pyongyang’s new airport this week - but a different story had unfolded behind the scenes.
Kim smiled as he posed next to chocolate fountains and espresso bars - but in in private was so furious at ‘defects’ that he had the airport’s designer killed.
Executions are common in North Korea, with senior officials being killed for offences as minor as watching South Korean soap operas.
Airport design chief Ma Won Chun disappeared late last year, and is thought to have been executed after Kim voiced his dissatisfaction with the airport, according to The Diplomat.
Chun was executed for ‘for corrupt practices and failure to follow orders.’
Kim Jong Un issued a statement saying, ‘Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to bear in mind the party’s idea of architectural beauty that is the life and soul and core in architecture to preserve the character and national identity.
‘It is necessary to finish the construction of the terminal to be an icon of Korea, the face of the country and the gateway to Pyongyang.