A video of North Korean ‘Supreme leader’ Kim Jong-un, where he is accompanied by an unidentified person, is being shared on social media. Later in the video, the duo turns around and walks towards the other side, when suddenly an automated pit opens up and the person falls into it. The video was tweeted by one Gaurav Kr Mishra with the claim, “North Korean president Giving death punishment to one of his corrupt officer in presence of media”.

Many other individuals on Twitter and Facebook have shared the video with an identical narrative.

Satirical video

Alt News found that the video shared as the public execution of a corrupt officer by Kim Jong-un is an edited version of a 2018 video. This edited video was posted on YouTube by a satirical channel Funmoments.nl in April 2018.

The original video (posted below) depicts a historic moment wherein South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean supremo Kim Jong-un were seen shaking hands during a meeting held at the Inter Korean Summit in April 2018. It was an iconic moment (from 1:16 mins onwards in the video posted below) for both countries and people across the world when the North Korean leader along with South Korean President had crossed the demarcation line between North Korea and South Korea in Panmunjom on April 26, 2018.

In conclusion, a video of the two world leaders meeting at the Inter Korean summit was edited by a satirical YouTube channel and later, it was falsely shared as North Korean Supremo Kim Jong-un executing a corrupt officer.

About the Author

Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.