North Korea Executes Ranking Army Minister By Mortar Shell

While we continue to struggle with questions of the most humane methods of execution, North Korea (the second happiest place on Earth) has implemented a new approach: death by mortar. Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, was executed by mortar for partying during the official mourning period following the death of the “Dear One,” Kim Jong-il.


Kim Chol was seen drinking and carousing during the long mourning period and Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered to leave “no trace of him behind, down to his hair.” That led North Korean officials to look to death-by-mortar-shell as the chosen execution vehicle.

Kim Jong-un is reportedly using such excuses to purge the ranks of the military and government. In most countries, this results in an unwelcomed letter of termination. In North Korea, some guys come to your house with a mortar shell and a mop.

Source: Telegraph

20 thoughts on “North Korea Executes Ranking Army Minister By Mortar Shell”

  1. This is one thing that is frustrating as an average person here in the US, almost nothing we can do about it save for talking to people who can who collectively might be able to provide some measure of protest on behalf of the US gov’t.

    The average person here does not buy products from the DPRK, has almost no access to activists or relatives there, and in so many ways is powerless to demand justice for the North Koreans. We cannot boycott their products or make personal inroads toward justice. There isn’t even a press or group of dissidents we can give money or support to. It’s essentially a black hole.

  2. Fairly

    You’re kidding right? The easiest examples are from Exodus 21(the chapter immediately following the ten commandments{Exodus 20}), verses(from KJV):
    “12 “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death”, “14 “But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die”,
    “15 “And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death”,
    “16 “He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death”, and
    “17 “And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.”

    So unless god has a extremely short memory(like he can’t remember what was written 120 words earlier in his own book) there are apparently some exceptions to “Thou shalt not kill”.

    What part of ‘I know how to read, which includes the bible, does thou not get?’ Oh, maybe you thought the bible was free of contradiction. LOL

    Or maybe ye are full of blind faithiness…

  3. Blind and Fairly – thats the great thing about the Bible – it argues every side of any issue you care to use it on. God himself too great pleasure in killing unborn children on several occasions He once sent 2 bears to murder 42 children for making fun of a bald guy. He one time wiped out the entire population of the earth except for one family (so we ARE all inbreed!).

    But then He also is dead set against killing in other places. He apparently is severely schizophrenic.

  4. The Ten Commandments are etchted in stone. What part of Thou shalt does thou not get? Of course there is the Sears Roebuck version of the Bible. But, if you are a believer and live in Texas and Y’all are killing humans with lethal injections the dont hedge your bets, keep doing it Y’all and see what happens when your time at the Pearly Gates comes to roost.

  5. The bible doesn’t just condone execution, it gives explicit details on how and when the punishment should be used. There are numerous reasons and arguments for ending capital punishment, but the bible isn’t the best place to start.

  6. Thou shalt not kill is fairly clear. There is no exception for a group of people to kill, a group such as a government. In the South I like to tell the killers that there is no “Y’all can” exception. Maybe the mortor is faster than those nice drugs we use in Texas to kill people with. When the “People of the State of Texas” “execute” a human they are all guilty and when their resepective time comes at the Pearly Gates they will get an audience with a stand in for Saint Peter who will send each one of them to Hell. If they are lucky he will send them to pergatory which is a suburb of Dallas. Remember your Ten Commandments, particularly the Sixth. And if you live in a Y’all Can Kill state then I advise you to move.

    1. @FairlyBalanced ” pergatory which is a suburb of Dallas.”

      Who knew? Property values must be soaring when you consider all the people moving in.

  7. The national parks service has a manual for the destruction of large mammal carcasses in national parks. The method is to apply explosives in a manner that sprays the remains in tiny pieces across a wide area so tourist never see it. I understand it works quite well when followed correctly (not like that whale video!).

    Perhaps a cultural exchange is in order

  8. At least he did not have to endure hours of a doctor trying to find a vein to insert an IV or long minutes while enough poison seeps in through an improperly inserted IV to cause unconsciousness.

    What is the LD-50 radius of an 82mm mortar round anyway.

    What ever the esthetics, my guess is there are much worse ways to die.

    Don’t forget Saddam Husein’s innovative use of the industrial shredder in the criminal justice system.

    If we are to believe news reports, Kim Jong-il occasionally had fish kept close to the table so that he could enjoy fresh fillets sliced from their living bodies immediately before serving.

    –Thanks, but I think I will just have the salad today.

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