North Korean army chief executed in purge

North Korean army chief executed in purge

North Korean army chief executed in purge

Updated 25 October 2012, 22:08 AEST

News of the execution of North Korea's Deputy Chief of the Army has re-focused attention on the reclusive reigme and its future direction under the young leader, Kim Jong Un.

South Korean officials say Kim Chol was among several senior military officers reportedly killed by firing squad in January. 

His crime was apparently to have drunk alcohol during the mourning period for former leader Kim Jong Il, although at least 14 senior government and military leaders are believed to have been purged during this time.
 
Tracee Hutchison spoke to Dr Leonid Petrov, an expert in Korean Studies at Sydney University.
 
 
Presenter: Tracee Hutchison
Speaker: Dr Leonid Petrov, an expert in Korean Studies at Sydney University

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