In an effort to consolidate his power in the wake of his father's death, and to strike at his internal enemies - real or imagined - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been eliminating high-ranking members of the North Korean military and intelligence services. In some cases, the method of elimination has been rather... exotic.
Case in point: Death by mortar round.
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."
Kind of makes you appreciate freedom just a little bit more, doesn't it?
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson