Kim Jong-un "Very Drunk" When Ordering Executions

By Tom Pritchard on at

In the wake of a string of executions of government officials in North Korea, Japanese Newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered at least two of the executions whilst drunk.

The executions in question were those of two aides to Kim's uncle Jang Sung-taek, who was executed earlier this month and promptly photoshopped from propaganda material. Jang's aides, Ri Ryong-ha and Jang Su-gil were the first in a string of executions after questioning orders. The disobedience reportedly upset the North Korean leader, who ordered their execution -- despite being "very drunk" at the time. Drowning his sorrows because nobody likes him, we like to think.

It's not surprising to hear. North Korea has never been particularly subtle about anything -- faxing threats of war, for instance, definitely doesn't fall under the boundaries of subtly. It's just a matter of time until we see Kim Jong-un immortalised as a Cartman-esque marionette. [The Independent]