December 24, 2013 1:21 pm -

The Independent reports that Kim Jong-un was not in his right mind when he ordered the execution of two aides close to his uncle.

The leader’s uncle, who was removed from power and killed as part of a recent high-profile purge, was head of the ruling Workers’ Party administrative department.

His close aides, first deputy director Ri Ryong-ha and another deputy Jang Su-gil, were among the first prominent figures to be executed in late November.

According the [the Japanese newspaper] Yomiuri’s source, Kim was “very drunk” when he ordered they be killed.