Thirty North Korean officials involved in inter-Korean talks with South Korea have been either executed by firing squad or killed in staged traffic accidents. A further 200 people were executed or sent to North Korea's notorious gulags.
The New York Daily News reports that Amnesty International has made the claims regarding the state murder of North Korean officials believed to have been executed as scapegoats due to their failure to improve relations between the Communist North and Seoul.
North Korean officials tasked with improving relations with Seoul face a formidable task in light of the administrations focus on pushing ahead with the development of nuclear weapons. According to the Telegraph the regime has a habit of executing officials that fail to deliver results.
According to an NBC investigation the gulag system currently contains an estimated 200,000 people spread across a dozen political prisons and 30 forced labor and education camps. Conditions, described as already horrific, are likely to intensify due to the severe drought which the communist country is presently enduring.