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 has been placed under martial law and Kim Jong-un has told his front-line troops to "be ready for a war," according to South Korean media reports. In an emergency meeting of his top defence and security officials on Saturday, the North Korean leader issued a series of orders that included the conclusion of preparations for a new nuclear test, the Joongang Daily reported.
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 — South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, is pursuing a policy that seeks to re-engage North Korea with dialogue and aid after five years of standoff. But she told her military Monday to set aside political considerations and respond strongly should North Korea attack.
South Korea's stock market has been demonstrating a bit of volatility in recent days. Some of this is likely due to the nuclear provocations of North Korea and its new president Kim Jong-un. However, there has also been a lot economic data that could be playing a bigger role in the market's moves.
We've got a couple of hot heads here, folks, but try not to worry too much. The recent "cutting" of communications ties is just one act in a recent history of posturing on behalf of both country's leaders.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un makes a rare New Year's speech, the first by the North's leaders in 19 years. It was the first New Year's Day broadcast for 19 years; Mr Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, was rarely heard or seen by his people, preferring to deliver his New Year message in a joint editorial across the country's three main state newspapers.