‘Kim drunk when he ordered executions’

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was very drunk when he ordered the execution of two aides close to his doomed uncle, Japanese newspapers claimed on Monday.

Kim ordered the deaths of deputies Ri Ryong-ha and Jang Su-gil because they were “too slow to follow an order”.

The report comes a week after the 30-year-old had his uncle Jang Song-thaek killed for attempting to overthrow the state.

The two Workers’ Party officials were killed in November at the start of a purge by Kim to consolidate his power base.

They apparently upset him by failing to respond quickly enough when told to hand over a profitable business to the military.

The pair were among a close circle of eight aides loyal to Jang.

According to the Japanese media: “Those close them were surprised by their execution and made phone calls to friends living abroad, and the South Korean government (spy agency) tapped their phone conversations.”

Kim’s uncle was charged with 24 offences, including abusing his power and “dreaming different dreams” to the regime.

His death marks the biggest political upheaval since Kim assumed power on the death of his father Kim Jong-il two years ago. - Daily Mail


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