'Bodies blown to bits': the depravity of Kim Jong-un
A North Korean defector has revealed she saw 11 musicians "blown to bits" by anti-aircraft guns in a terrifying execution ordered by maniacal dictator Kim Jong-un.
The Sun reports Hee Yeon Lim, 26, the daughter of a high-ranking soldier from Pyongyang, fled to South Korea last year and has told of the horrors she witnessed while part of the secretive Kim regime's inner circle.
Speaking with The Mirror, she described one occasion where she was pulled out of school by soldiers and forced to watch a group of musicians accused of making a pornographic video being slaughtered.
Hee Yeon said she and her classmates were taken to a stadium at the city's Military Academy where the hooded and gagged victims were tied to the end of anti-aircraft guns in front of some 10,000 spectators.
The escapee then recalled how the guns were fired one by one, saying: "The musicians just disappeared each time the guns were fired into them. Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere."
Afterwards, Hee Yeon said tanks moved in and ran over the pieces of the victims' bodies.
She added: "The tracks of the tanks were run over the remains and blood repeatedly, over and over again and made to grind the remains, to smash them into the ground until there was nothing left."
Left feeling "desperately ill" after the grim spectacle, she later decided to escape the country.
When her father, Colonel Wui Yeon Lim, 51, passed away, she and her family fled the hermit kingdom to China in 2015 before arriving in South Korea capital Seoul last year.
The family paid people smugglers to drive them across the border to China, before travelling on to South Korea via Laos.
And despite her family's relative privilege, Hee Yeon said she witnessed many other "terrible things" in her home city of Pyongyang - including dictator Kim's use of teenage sex slaves.
She said officials came to her school to pick out teen schoolgirls to work at the dictator's homes.
The escapee said they would only choose the prettiest girls, who were taught to feed him caviar and massage his body. If they refused they would "disappear", she said.
Hee Yeon - who has met the terrifying despot - also told how he would gorge on imported delicacies like caviar and Chinese "Bird's Nest Soup" which can cost $3300 per kilo.
In 2016, a shock report estimated tyrant Kim had executed 340 people since coming to power in 2011.
Of those killed, nearly half were senior officers in his own government, military and the ruling Korean Worker's Party.
The brutal punishments meted out for "crimes" including having a "bad attitude", treachery and for one poor party member slouching in a meeting.
In his debut speech to the United Nations on Monday, US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" after referring to Kim as "Rocket Man".
The Institute for National Security Strategy - a South Korean think tank - released "The misgoverning of Kim Jong-un's five years in power" detailing how he uses executions to tighten his grip on power.
Earlier this year, the country's top schools official was executed by firing squad after he exercised a "bad attitude" at the country's Supreme People's Assembly in June.
In May 2015, Kim had defence minister Hyon Yong-chol killed with an anti-aircraft gun at a military school in Pyongyang, in front of an audience which included his own family who were reportedly made to watch the slaughter.
Two years earlier, in 2013, Kim's own uncle Jang Song-thaek was executed for trying to overthrow the government.
In February, South Korea's spy agency claimed Kim brutally executed five senior officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports which "enraged" him.
The National Intelligence Service made the claims in a private briefing to politicians just days after Kim's estranged older half-brother Kim Jong-nam was poisoned in a suspected assassination believed to have been ordered by the dictator.
An investigation is ongoing but South Korea says it believes Kim Jong-un ordered the killing of his sibling on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport.