North Korea's army was deeply split over whether to accept the command of Kim Jong-un, a former officer has revealed, giving a possible clue to the tensions lying behind the young leader's calls to war. First Lieutenant Kim, 42, said he had been forced to flee North Korea after he murdered a rival officer as the factions within his army unit battled for control.
North Korea’s army was deeply split over whether to accept the command of Kim Jong-un, a former officer has disclosed, giving a possible clue to the tensions lying behind the young leader’s calls to war.
Lieut Kim, 42, said he had been forced to flee the country after he murdered a rival officer as the factions within his army unit battled for control.
“I killed a three-star company commander, the same rank as me,” he said.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has replaced its hard-line defense minister with a little-known army general, according to a state media report Monday, in what outside analysts call an attempt to install a younger figure meant to solidify leader Kim Jong Un’s grip on the powerful military.
SEOUL, South Korea — While the rest of North Korea’s top brass leaped to their feet before Kim Jong-un, clapping wildly in a requisite show of respect at high-level meetings, his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, often seemed nonchalant, at times even bored. Once considered the force behind the young leader, he displayed a bold insouciance that seemed calculated to show he was beyond reach.
So by purging his own uncle, Kim has delivered a more chilling message: No one is beyond reach, not even family.
Armed rebels take over a historically distinct region demanding greater autonomy. A fragile post-revolutionary government is unable to reassert control. An unpopular leader is forced from office and flees the country. This isn’t Ukraine, it’s Libya, and the potential for violence is far greater.
PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea vowed to unite behind leader Kim Jong Un during carefully staged events Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of his father’s death, in an attempt to show it has returned to business as usual after the purge and execution of his once-powerful uncle last week.
Rare childhood pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been shown in a concert for the country’s air force this week.
The pictures show Kim, 31, as big-cheeked child, saluting while in uniform and as an older boy, in the cockpit of an airplane.
TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been hospitalized after surgery on both ankles earlier this month, a South Korean newspaper reported.
Kim cracked bones in his ankles after neglecting an injury sustained during field supervisions in June, the Chosun Ilbo said, citing a recent visitor to North Korea it didn’t identify. The person said Kim had surgery and is recovering at Bongwha Clinic, an exclusive hospital for high-ranking party members, according to the newspaper.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s spy agency believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s powerful uncle may have been dismissed from his posts last month and that two of his aides were executed, two lawmakers said Tuesday.
The lawmakers said they were told by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service that Jang Song Thaek has not been seen publicly since then, indicating he may have been fired.
There was no official word from North Korea on Jang’s fate, and it was not possible to independently confirm the claim.