Media Claims Kim Jong-Un 'Executed General by Feeding Him to Piranhas'
Reports allege North Korean leader kills official with James Bond-style execution
Bizzare claims have begun emerging that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has reportedly executed a general accused of plotting a coup against him by feeding him to flesh-eating piranha's, according to reports in the British media.
UK tabloids are claiming that an "unnamed general" is the latest victim of the dictatorial leader, following a string of alleged executions of numerous aides, including his envoy to the US in May.
Kim allegedly executed the general in one of his presidential palaces in Pyongyang, the Daily Star reports.
The newspaper claims that the North Korean despot built the giant piranha tank inside the Ryongsong Residence after ordering aides to develop new forms of execution designed to deter would-be traitors.
It is claimed the general had his arms and torso cut open with knives before being thrown into the tank, which was filled with hundreds of piranhas imported from Brazil, it is reported.
However, it is unclear whether the general was supposedly killed by the carnivorous fish, died from his earlier wounds, or drowned.
The meat-eating fish have razor-sharp teeth which can tear the flesh from a corpse in a matter of minutes.
The Daily Star claims the North Korean leader may have been inspired by the 1965 James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice" to pursue the gruesome execution method.
In the film, villain Blofeld has a pool filled with piranhas, which he uses to execute assistant Helga Brandt.
Readers of the Daily Star and other British tabloids that pounced on the story, however, found it hard to take at face value.
Instead, a flurry of memes and mockery online have ensued.
Since succeeding his father Kim Jong-il as dictator of North Korea, it has been claimed that Kim has killed 16 senior aides.
In March, reports emerged that he executed his envoy to the US Kim Hyok Chol for "betraying the supreme leader."
Chol was said to have been shot by a firing squad at Mirim Airport for being "won over to the US," during nuclear negotiations with Trump.
He has also reportedly executed his army chief, the CEO of North Korea's Central Bank and ambassadors in Cuba and Malaysia.
However, the initial claims that several North Korean officials, including nuclear envoy Kim Hyok-chol, were executed in the wake of the failed Trump-Kim summit have since been disputed.
The claims were then challenged by other source-based reports indicating that the officials, or at least some of them, are still alive.
Rumors that Kim uses mortar fire and flamethrowers to execute those who have fallen from grace have been circulating for years.
However, it's almost impossible to verify any of them, as Pyongyang is notoriously tight-lipped about its internal policies.