Kim's girlfriend 'executed over porn tapes'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un devotes much of his time to checking out his military hardware. With binoculars.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un devotes much of his time to checking out his military hardware. With binoculars.
His general friends look like they are suffering a little binocular-envy as their leader checks out an artillery firing drill.
His general friends look like they are suffering a little binocular-envy as their leader checks out an artillery firing drill.
Mixing it up and trying out some high-tech, high-spec army binoculars.
Mixing it up and trying out some high-tech, high-spec army binoculars.
..and once more for fun. Watching yet another army drill.
..and once more for fun. Watching yet another army drill.
Every now and then Kim likes to break up the monotony of looking at the army blow things up. Here he's being shown around a solar panel....belonging to the army.
Every now and then Kim likes to break up the monotony of looking at the army blow things up. Here he's being shown around a solar panel....belonging to the army.
And at a new hospital being built by the People's Army. The mind boggles over what this piece of equipment could possibly be used for.
And at a new hospital being built by the People's Army. The mind boggles over what this piece of equipment could possibly be used for.
The little leader's other favourite thing to do is to look at food. "Can I get fries with that?"
The little leader's other favourite thing to do is to look at food. "Can I get fries with that?"
During an inspection of an army mess. Yeah, that green stuff looks dodgy to us too Kim.
During an inspection of an army mess. Yeah, that green stuff looks dodgy to us too Kim.
...more food.
...more food.
Taking a pause from the food-looking, at yet another Korean People's Army unit.
Taking a pause from the food-looking, at yet another Korean People's Army unit.
Phew, back to the food. Who knew the North Korean army was so well fed?
Phew, back to the food. Who knew the North Korean army was so well fed?
"You missed a spot."
"You missed a spot."
Whatever this creation is, our Kim loves it.
Whatever this creation is, our Kim loves it.
Checking out more of that military hardware. Just in case, of course.
Checking out more of that military hardware. Just in case, of course.
"You wash WHAT in here?"
"You wash WHAT in here?"
Charming the army ladies while checking our their digs.
Charming the army ladies while checking our their digs.
Making a new friend at the opening of North Korea's newest (and possibly only) fun park, the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground.
Making a new friend at the opening of North Korea's newest (and possibly only) fun park, the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground.

North Korean singer Hyon Song-wol, long thought to be an ex-lover of the reclusive state's leader Kim Jong-un has been executed by a firing squad, a South Korean newspaper reports.

The Chosun Ilbo said Hyon was one of a group of performers executed on August 20 for violating the country's laws against pornography.

It has been alleged Hyon, a singer in North Korea's famed Unhasu Orchestra, was one of 12 members of the orchestra and Wangjaesan Light Music Band who had filmed themselves having sex and then distributed the tapes.

'RUTHLESS': North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed Jan Song Thaek.
'RUTHLESS': North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed Jan Song Thaek.

Reports have indicated some of the group may have also been in possession of bibles - a political crime in the communist state.

Although little was ever confirmed, it is thought Kim and Hyon met about 10 years ago but Kim's father, the late Kim Jong-il, disapproved of the relationship and ordered it to end.

File footage from North Korea's state-run television KRT showed a woman who is believed to be Hyon appearing at a concert in July last year.

She was best known for her 2005 pop hit Excellent Horse-Like Lady.

An unnamed source told Chosun Ilbo the families of Hyon and the other people in the alleged sex video were taken to a labour camp.

The report, which cites an anonymous source in China, said the group was arrested on August 17 after the clip apparently found its way across the border to China.

Their families were said to have been forced to watch the execution, which took place three days later, and were then sent to the country's notorious prison camps.