North Korean Engineers Executed over Apartment Collapse

North Korean Engineers Executed over Apartment Collapse

On May 25 the Tokyo Shimbun daily reported that four North Korean engineers were executed “over the deadly collapse of a new high-rise apartment building in Pyongyang.”

The death toll in the May 13 collapse “may be as high as 500 people.”

According The Chosun Ilbo, a source told the Shimbun that “four design and construction engineers were executed and the military official in charge of the project was sent to a prison camp.”

The Ilbo reported that, while the cause of the collapse had not been confirmed, structural weaknesses may have been caused by the fact that “on-site directors and workers often siphon off steel and cement to sell on the black market.”

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