North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, who has a history of killing people for the weirdest of reasons, reportedly executed the chief architect of a new airport terminal in Pyongyang because his designs weren’t good enough.
In its latest bid to attract potential tourists, North Korea recently unveiled a fancy new terminal at Pyongyang International Airport and released images of a happy looking Kim Jong-un visiting the airport and pointing at random things along with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, to promote the newly built facility.
However, North Korea’s director of the Designing Department of the National Defense Commission Ma Won Chun was noticeably absent from the photo op. In fact, he has been missing for quite a while now, being one of the five high-ranking officials who vanished last year during one of Kim’s purges.
As Diplomat reports, the architect was executed in November 2014 “for corrupt practices and failure to follow orders” – which actually means he failed to meet the Supreme Leader’s standards.
“Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to bear in mind the party's idea of architectural beauty that it is the life and soul and core in architecture to preserve the Juche character and national identity,” said Kim, according to state-run KCNA.
“It is necessary to finish the construction of the terminal to be an icon of Songun Korea, the face of the country and the gateway to Pyongyang,” the dictator added.
Chun’s death coincides with the report that claims Kim ordered to halt the construction work on the terminal after inspecting the site last year. He reproached workers for failing to carry out an earlier order and instructed them to renovate the building.
As for the new terminal, it is actually one of the most expensive and luxurious buildings in the hermit nation. The swanky facility features a chocolate fountain, coffee bar, jewelry shop, pharmacy and other luxurious amenities.
The new airport is scheduled to open shortly and will primarily accept flights from China and Russia.