25/10/2012 09:26 BST

North Korean Official Executed With A Mortar Shell

Taking the role of dictator to new Bond-villan levels of extremism, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered one of his senior officials be executed with a mortar shell, as punishment for drinking during the mourning period for his father.

According to South Korean media, vice-minister of the army Kim Chol was forced to stand on the spot to be targeted by a mortar round in January.

He was accused of getting drunk during the 100-days set aside for North Koreans to reflect on the life of the nation's former leader Kim Jong-il.

Kim Jong-un, North Korea's 28 or 29 year old leader, reportedly told the executioners to leave "no trace of him behind, down to his hair."

South Korean politician Yoon Sang-hyun has said 14 senior party, government and military leaders have fallen victim to purges this year.

"It seems that the purges will continue for the time being, as Kim Jong-un is tightening his grip on power," Yoon said.

For a demonstration of how using a mortar to execute someone is a tad extreme, watch the below video of the British Army firing mortar rounds during a battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan.