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Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea's Kim purges his wealthy elite to keep grip on power

Report shows leader has executed more than 70 since taking power in late 2011

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed more than 70 members of the impoverished nation's wealthy elite since coming to power in 2011, for misdemeanors ranging from running illicit businesses to watching South Korean TV dramas, a new report showed.

The report released by the North Korea Strategy Center in Seoul, a think tank run by a North Korean defector, provides the names of 76 people including diplomats, officials in the governing Workers' Party of Korea, Cabinet members and musicians. Three of them committed suicide ahead of their executions.

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