Kim Jong-Un Can – And Will – Execute You For Doing Any Of These Things

Here’s a list of stuff that got people executed at the hands of the North Korean dictator.

Kim Jon-Un has a history of ordering the most painful executions for the most bizarre reasons. Here are some of them:

Dozing off

Hyon Yong Chol

Most recently, Hyon Yong Chol, 66, who headed the isolated country's military, was reportedly executed by “putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range.”

Apart from treason, the man was purportedly punished for showing “disrespect to Kim by dozing off at a military event.”

Half-heartedly clapping

Jang Song Thaek

In December 2013, the North Korean leader allegedly executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, by firing squad for "unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping" when Kim was receiving an important title.

Jang was also accused of plotting his own "little kingdom" and a coup against his nephew.


Kim Kyong Hui

Identified only as Park – a pseudonym to protect his friends and family in Pyongyang – a high-profile North Korean defector asserted that country’s supreme leader had his once-powerful aunt, Kim Kyong Hui, poisoned after she was grieving over her husband’s alleged execution.


Hyon Song-wol

In August 2013, the South Korean paper Chosun Ilbo claimed Hyon Song-wol, a North Korean pop singer who was Kim’s former girlfriend, and 11 others were detained and executed with machine guns after being “accused of making videos of themselves performing sex acts and then selling the recordings.”

Although Hyon was spotted in public after a few days the news was reported, the other people allegedly executed were never found again.

Watching soap operas

South Korean soap operas

The regime reportedly executed 10 party officials for watching South Korean soap operas in October 2014.

Watching foreign media, especially Western and South Korean movies and soap operas, is illegal in North Korea.

According to Mashable: “The regime tightly controls its citizens' access to information, even jamming satellite and radio signals to prevent people from having a window into the world outside the hermit country.”

Drinking and carousing 

mortar shell blast

In October 2012, a North Korean military officer was executed with a mortar shell blast for disrespecting Kim Jong-il’s death by consuming alcohol during the 100-day mourning period.

South Korean media claimed Kim Chol, who was the secretive state’s former vice minister of the army, was “obliterated” on the orders of Kim who said “to leave no trace of him behind, down to his hair."