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 — 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.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the days when North Korea could use provocations to create a crisis and elicit concessions from the international community are over.
Speaking alongside South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Obama says Pyongyang has failed to drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea or garner global respect with its threats.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures,” state media said Sunday, fueling speculation that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations.
With a pledge to make North Korea a “world famous mushroom producer,” dictator Kim Jong-un has added a personal touch by providing “field guidance” to poverty-stricken country’s first mushroom research centre.
North Korea issued its latest belligerent threat Saturday, saying it has entered “a state of war” with South Korea a day after its young leader threatened the United States because two American B-2 bombers flew a training mission in South Korea.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has been making brisk movements in its main underground nuclear test site, but has put up a cover over the entrance of a tunnel to foil U.S. intelligence efforts to determine whether a detonation there might be imminent, South Korean officials and media reported Friday.