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No Party in the DPRK

Reports from North Korea are always hard to come by, but The Telegraph has some juicy details about newly-installed Kim Jong Un’s mysterious army purge. According to reports, Kim recently executed the vice minister of the army in a most unconventional fashion: Ordering him to stand still and hitting him with a mortar round. His crime? Having too much fun during his father’s official mourning period:

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.”

Apparently the Great Pudgy Leader has picked up a tactic or two from the likes of Saddam Hussein and Stalin. Finding creative ways of torturing and killing political competitors and dissidents has been a common habit of tyrants for time immemorial. It appears Kim Jong Un is keeping the tradition in the 21st century. Somehow, we doubt that the 28 year-old picked this up at his school in Switzerland.

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