North Korea Leader’s ‘Executed’ Ex-Girlfriend Shows up Alive

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Yet another urban legend about North Korea bites the dust.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a soccer game Friday at an undisclosed location. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-un, reportedly executed by firing squad last year, turned up apparently alive and well on a state television broadcast Friday night.

Hyon Song-wol, a singer with an all-female band, was reported to be one of  10 to 12 people executed in August by firing squad, as the story claimed, for performing in pornographic videos sold in China.

But there she was Friday shown speaking at a national meeting of artists in Pyongyang, where she thanked Kim for his support of the arts and promised to “stoke up the flame for art and creative work.’’