The North Korean strongman is known not to tolerate fools gladly and has dispatched many who have displeased him to an early grave in the past. Kim is said to have had five aides shot by firing squad, after talks with Donald Trump came to nothing in 2019. The unfortunate official in this case was said to be a man in his 50s, according to South Korea’s Daily NK.
He had been selected to serve as chairman of the Ministry of Higher Education’s “non-standing commission for the implementation of the Distance Education Act.”
However, he became disillusioned by the lack of resources at his disposal to implement the policy.
The unwise official started to vent his frustration publicly, allegedly telling fellow commission members that he didn’t “understand why the authorities would choose to implement the act, create this commission, and call busy professors away from their university jobs if they were not going to give the commission any resources.”
Although he was repeatedly told to keep quiet, the unfortunate man refused to back down.
An investigation into the commission was then launched by the Organization and Guidance Department, after Kim Il Sung University President Ri Guk Chol reported the official to the Communist Party’s Central Committee.
As a result of the investigation, the Ministry of Security executed the official for “anti-party and anti-revolutionary sectarian activities within the education sector.”
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The North Korean tyrant urged officials to “wage another, more difficult ‘Arduous March’ in order to relieve our people of the difficulty, even a little”.
The “Arduous March” is a reference to a period in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union, when famine swept the country.
At the time, the Stalinist state had been dependent on Moscow for crucial aid, of which it was deprived when the Soviet Union collapsed.