Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un toured Pyongyang Airport’s new terminal ahead of its opening, but reports claim Kim ordered the architect to be executed after he was unhappy with its design.
State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published photos of Kim and his wife touring the sleek new terminal, but the building’s head designer, Ma Won-chun was not leading the walk-through.
Ma was one of six high-level diplomats who disappeared last year in a government purge carried out by Kim. According to The Diplomat, he was murdered in November for “corrupt practices and failure to follow orders” – namely, failing to provide an terminal that met the leader’s standards.