That’s Overkill, Bro – Minister Executed With “Anti-Aircraft” Gun, For Falling Asleep

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May 13 2015
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North Korean supremo Kim Jong-Un may not be that good looking and charismatic a leader to lead a country of about 25 million people. But his unpopularity and brutality could easily rival that of his father and even grandfather. His chubbiness, most probably due to consume too much cheese, could easily mislead a first timer into thinking that Mr Kim is an easy going fellow.

North Korean Kim Jong-Un - Superstar with Women

Sure, he would smile in front of cameras and could drive North Korean girls and women crazy, as if he was Michael Jackson staging a concert. But the North Korean leader is insanely, crazily brutal. Despite his cartoonish look, the dictator successfully sent shivers down Sony Pictures Entertainment spine last year, when his sponsored hackers threaten 9/11 attack on movie theatres, forcing “The Interview” to be cancelled.


South Korea’s spy agency claimed late last month that Kim ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year alone as punishment for challenging his authority. And the figure has just increased, with the execution of his Defence Minister Hyon Yong-Chol. While another execution is considered normal in North Korea, what raises eyebrows was the method the 66-year-old defence chief was killed. Since took over, he has killed 70 officials.

North Korean Defence Minister Hyon Yong-CholNorth Korean Kim Jong-Un - Execute Defence Minister Hyon Yong-Chol with Anti-Aircraft ZPU-4

If an American Sniper uses a McMillan TAC-338A sniper rifle to kill a mosquito is crazy enough, Kim ordered his defence chief to be executed in front of hundreds of people by firing squad – with an “anti-aircraft” gun. Hyon, who was last seen at a security conference in Moscow in April, was executed on treason charges. Apparently, the poor guy was said to have shown disrespect to Kim by dozing off at a military event.

North Korean Kim Jong-Un - Execute Officials with ZPU-4 - Satellite Image

Despite his rank, Hyon Yong-Chol was a little known general. This is not the first time Kim has killed his supposedly top ranking officers. The highest ranking person he has purged was his uncle – Jang Song Thaek – once considered the second most powerful man in Pyongyang’s leadership circle. Besides fallen asleep, Hyon was also accused of not carrying out (Kim’s) orders.

North Korean Kim Jong-Un - Laughing

South Korean spy agency may have been exaggerated when they suggested that North Korean senior officials were being executed at a rate of one per week, but the fact remains that the country is dangerously unstable under the leadership of Kim Jong-Un. The gruesome execution of Hyon was perhaps deliberately done to demonstrate the junior Kim’s power and authority.


Clearly the execution of Hyon using a ZPU-4 Anti-aircraft Machine Gun System was “overkill”, but the North Korean supremo Kim had done more crazier execution, such as using mortars. Russian-made ZPU-4 has a shooting range of max 8,000-m and max altitude of 5,000-m, with ammunition rounds of 4,800. Depending on ammunition used, it can pierce 32-mm armour at 500-m (550-yard). But Hyon is believed to have been shot at 30-m, without any armour, of course.

North Korean Kim Jong-Un - Many Faces

As comparison of how insecure the young Kim is, he has actually changed his armed forces chief four times since coming into power in 2010, whereas his father Kim Jong-il only replaced his chief three times in the space of almost 20 years. Like other dictators, perhaps Kim, who has a rather funny haircut, only knows the use of “fear politics” to silence critics. Let’s hope he’s not crazy enough to use nuclear weapon to execute his officials (*grin*).


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