Kim Jong-Un 'Executed Terrapin Farmer Over Poor Production'

Kim Jong-un orders terrapin farmer shot
Kim Jong-un frequently visits sites across the country in order to inspect the facilities and give 'field guidance'. KCNA/Reuters

The manager of a terrapin farm near Pyongyang, North Korea was reportedly shot on the orders of dictator Kim Jong-un following a disappointing tour of the farm in May of this year.

The farm official was shot and killed on the orders of Kim following a tour of the facility in May, which left him furious at the number of terrapin deaths and the failure to breed freshwater lobsters, sources inside the country told the Daily NK, a website run by Koreans from both sides of the border and funded by NGOs who emphasize democracy and human rights.

The farm manager attempted to explain that the terrapins had died due to a lack of electricity, water and food for the terrapins. Regardless of the reasons behind the terrapin deaths, Kim apparently decided to set an example by executing the farm manager, according to another Daily NK source who corroborated the story.

At the time of the inspection the official state website KCNA reported that Kim was unhappy with the breeding of lobsters which had been given to the farm to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of North Korea in October, but information about the death of the manager only emerged earlier this week.

In May of this year, Kim also order the execution of the North Korean defence minister Hyon Yong Chol, who was charged with treason after falling asleep at an event where the Supreme Leader was the guest of honor.

The dictator has ordered the execution of 15 other state officials for challenging his authority in the last year.