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Kim Chol worked as a Vice Minister in the North Korean Army. He 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]

Kim Chol
Bornc. 1960
DiedUnconfirmed if dead
Occupationformer Vice Minister
EmployerNorth Korean Army
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Cheol
McCune–ReischauerKim Ch'ŏl

Kim 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.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2017-03-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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.