Say this for the young leader of North Korea: he knows how to make a statement. The newly installed portly twentysomething dictator has faced a political crisis since he waddled onto the Norko throne -- consolidating his power and liquidating his enemies.
And when to comes to liquidating, apparently Kim Jong-Un knows a thing or two. From the (London) Telegraph:
Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, was taken into custody earlier this year on the orders of Kim Jong-un, who assumed the leadership after the death of his father in December.
On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave "no trace of him behind, down to his hair," according to South Korean media, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been zeroed in for a mortar round and "obliterated."
That's right: he killed him with a mortar round. And the crime? Well, it was pretty serious:
[Kim Chol] was executed with a mortar round for reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il's death.
Good to know. No drinking and carousing during official mourning periods. But something tells me this isn't over:
"When Kim Jong-un became North Korean leader following the mourning period for his father in late December, high-ranking military officers started disappearing," a source told the Chosun Ilbo newspaper. "From information compiled over the last month, we have concluded that dozens of military officers were purged."
It also appears that Mr Kim ordered his loyal officials to use the excuse of misbehaviour during the mourning period for his father to remove any potential opponents.
Other officials have been executed by firing squads, including Ryu Kyong, a senior intelligence expert.
Since being elevated to second-in-command of the nation by his father in September 2010, Kim has reportedly been behind the dismissal of at least 31 senior officials.
I know this is unkind, but part of me hopes that they all end up firing mortar rounds at each other. The people of North Korea would certainly agree, I'm sure.