North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "very drunk" when he ordered the executions of two aides close to his uncle, whom he later had executed as well, according to a report.
In this image taken from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an event to mark the second anniversary of the death of his father, former leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP/KRT via AP Video)
Britain's Independent newspaper, citing Japanese paper Yomiuri Shimbun, reported that the two aides had questioned an order from Kim to hand control of a business over to the military. Kim reportedly became "upset" when the pair said they had to to check with "Director Jang" first.
According to the Japanese newspaper, Kim was "very drunk" when he ordered deputies Ri Ryong-ha and Jang Su-gil killed in late November, among the first in a round of executions that included Jang.
Jang Song Thaek was considered the second most powerful official in North Korea when he was executed this month as a “traitor for all ages,” accused of having a “wild ambition to grab the supreme power of [the North Korean] party and state.”