A top aide of Kim Jong-un seems to have disappeared from public life, leading to speculation that he could have been executed by the North Korean leader.
General Hwang Pyong-so held the most senior position in the military after the supreme commander, and was seen as the heartbeat of the Workers’ Party Central Committee.
However it is now thought he has been removed from the party due to claims of bribery whilst his deputy Kim Won-hong is thought to have been sent to a prison camp.
The General was last seen in public on October 13, according to The Telegraph.
The first news of problems between the regime and Hwang came in November at a parliamentary briefing run by the NIS, which is South Korea’s intelligence body.
Reports claimed both Hwang and his deputy were inspected after allegations of their “impure attitude” against the regime emerged.
A source told the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo that the pair had been given illicit payments in return for promotions.
It is thought Hwang could have been executed as a similar situation arose with the North Korean leader's uncle as he was arrested for “anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts” and then killed.
It was claimed he was executed on Mount Paektu in 2013, and in the last few weeks the leader has visited the mountain again.