Kim Jong Un's Penchant for Purges

North Korea's dictator seems to mistrust his aides more than his people.

You'd better pay attention.

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Plenty of doubts have been raised about claims that North Korea executed its defense minister by anti-aircraft gun at the end of April. Whether or not General Hyon Yong Chol met such a grisly end, though, the fact remains that top officials face increasingly uncertain fates in Pyongyang. Since coming to power three years ago, dictator Kim Jong Un has presided over a large-scale and very violent purge of North Korea's military and civilian leadership. Some 70 high-level officials and generals have reportedly been executed during Kim's brief reign.

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