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Kim Jong-un was drunk while ordering executions

December 27th, 2013

The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun has reported that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was “very drunk” when he ordered the execution of his Uncle’s two aides.

Kim’s uncle Jang Song-thaek was head of the ruling Workers’ Party administrative department, a high profile and powerful position within the country. It was even rumoured at one point that Jang may even have been a contender to lead the country after the death of Kim Jong-il.

The official report from North Korea stated that Jang was executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason.

“The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state,” the North’s official KCNA news agency reported.

It goes without saying; nothing in North Korea happens without the approval of the dear leader Kim Jong-un, even the outcomes of “trials”. The reason for his uncle’s death was far less sinister than a coup attempt, but rather the result of a drunken leader talking to two nervous low level aides.

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Jang’s two aides questioned an order from Kim to hand over control of a business to the military. Sources told the newspaper Kim was “upset” when they said they needed to check with “Director Jang” first.

Jang’s aides, first deputy director Ri Ryong-ha and another deputy Jang Su-gil, were promptly executed in November following the orders of Kim Jong-un.  After the executions it was only a matter of time before Jang too would face the same fate.

Eight people from director Jang’s inner circle were executed in all, which can only be described as a Soviet era type purge to instill fear over the people.

Kim used these executions, and his uncle’s show trial as a threat to anyone in the DPRK that may be thinking of or conspiring a coup.

Although I don’t find any evidence of a serious organized seizure of power from within the country, domestic disturbances in North Korea aren’t completely uncommon.

I’ve compiled a list of fairly recent dissension among the people of North Korea:

 

  • In 1981, there were reports of armed clashes between soldiers and workers in Chongjin leaving as many as 500 dead, in 1983 similar clashes occurred in Sinuiju.
  • In 1985, there were reports of a massacre of hundreds of civilians whom were demanding food.
  • In 1990, students at the Kim Il-Sung University were arrested and tortured for organizing anti-government protests.
  • In 1992 there was a failed attempt by officers in the State Security Department’s bodyguard bureau to stage a coup preventing Kim Jong Il from assuming the position as commander of the Korean People’s Army [KPA].
  • In 1993 thirty military officers tried unsuccessfully to stage a rebellion against their superiors.
  • In 1996 leaflets were found in front of the Kim Il-Sung mausoleum, criticising the cost of the mausoleum when citizens were starving.
  • In 1997 a statue of Kim Il-Sung was found vandalized, and anti-government graffiti left behind.
  • In 1998 there was that famous plot to assassinate Kim Jong Il by one of his body guards; the same scenario played out again in 2002.
  • In 2004 a terrorist bombing of a train station killed 170 people, narrowly missing Kim Jong Il.
  • In 2005 large banners were erected by a freedom youth league that denounced the “Great Leader”.
  • In 2007 when women under 50 were banned from trading at farmer’s markets, large protests sprang up in Chongjin.
  • In 2011, reports of many “Down with Kim Jong Un” graffiti sprang up at North Korean Universities.

 

Although these accounts are rare, I predict they’re becoming more common with the increase of wireless technology making its way across the border from South Korea and China.

Knowledge is power Mr. Kim, not secrecy.

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