Unnamed sources told the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily the official “incurred the wrath of Kim after he dozed off during a meeting that Kim presided over.”
The paper says the official was arrested immediately and charged with corruption before Kim ultimately ordered his execution.
As for the other official, the outlet claims he was accused of proposing policies that were a “direct challenge” to Kim’s leadership.
A source told the South Korean newspaper that the two men were killed at a military academy in Pyongyang with anti-aircraft guns. But the rumored killings would certainly fit into a pattern of executions Kim has ordered against his perceived enemies since he became leader back in 2011.
Perhaps the most well-known example was the 2013 execution of Jang Song-thaek, Kim’s uncle and second in command. He was found guilty of treason and other crimes against North Korea. And just last year, Kim reportedly had a former defense chief put to death for taking a nap during a military rally.