In the News – More Than 30 N.Korean Officials Purged
More than 30 officials were executed in North Korea last year to consolidate new leader Kim Jong-un’s grip on power, international human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Tuesday.
“We received unconfirmed reports that North Korean authorities had either executed by firing squad or killed in staged traffic accidents 30 officials who had participated in inter-Korean talks or supervised bilateral dialogues with South Korea,” Amnesty International said.
“In January 2011 unconfirmed reports also said that more than 200 officials had been detained by state security officials in a move to consolidate the leadership succession of Kim Jong-un,” it added. There were concerns that “some of them had been already executed,” the watchdog said.
In the News – Kim Jong Nam Says N.Korean Regime Won’t Last Long
Former North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il’s eldest son Jong-nam has said the isolated regime will eventually fail with or without reforms. The comment appears in e-mail conversations exchanged over seven years between Kim Jong-nam and a Japanese journalist and obtained by the Monthly Chosun.
The nearly 100 e-mails were sent from 2004 until December last year to Yoji Komi, an editor at the Tokyo Shimbun daily. The two also spoke in person in January and May last year. Continue reading →
In the News – Kim Jong Nam Again Critical of Succession
Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Il’s eldest son, has again criticized North Korea’s 3rd succession, Tokyo Shimbun reported today.
The newspaper revealed an email allegedly sent by Kim on January 3rd in which he stated, “Nobody in their right mind would find it easy to accept the 3rd generation succession. Doubts linger over whether 37 years of absolute power can be carried forward by a young leader after just two years of training.” Continue reading →