Kim Chol

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Kim Chol
Born circa 1960
Died October 2012
Cause of death
Occupation former Vice Minister
Employer North Korean Army

Kim Chol (ca. 1960-2012) was a Vice Minister in the North Korean Army who was allegedly purged and executed in spectacular fashion for “drinking and carousing” during the period of mourning for Kim Jong-il.[1] The report of his death was very explicit in saying he was exploded by mortar bombardment, and not shot by firing squad.[1][2] However, Foreign Policy observed the claims probably originated from gossip and noted that stories about violent deaths of North Korean elites tend to be "exaggerated."[3]

Chol was one of 14 senior party, military, and government officials who were purged during Kim Jong-un's consolidation of power.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "North Korean Army Figure Executed As Kim Jong-un Continues Bloody Purge". International Business Times. October 24, 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Ryall, Julian (24 October 2012). "North Korean army minister 'executed with mortar round'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
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  4. ^ Andres Jauregui (October 24, 2012). "Kim Chol, North Korea Official, Allegedly Executed For Drinking During Kim Jong-il Mourning Period". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 21, 2014.