South Korea’s largest news agency, Yonhap, is reporting a former North Korean vice-premier, Choe Yong-gon, was executed earlier this year at the direction of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un.
Although the execution is unverified, according to Yonhap, the impudent Mr. Choe had the daring to reveal his dissatisfaction with forestation policies proposed by Kim.
Choe was elevated to the position of vice-premier in June 2014, a move which was interpreted by both the South Korean government and the West as the hermit kingdom’s desire to lower rancor and maintain some measure of goodwill with its southern neighbor.
The South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) has maintained regular surveillance over the activity in North Korea despite information rarely seeping from the tightly-controlled North Korean propaganda machine. In NIS’ estimation, over 70 North Korean public officials and Kim’s family members have been executed since 2013 on charges which include treason and disloyalty to Kim.
How does one stay encouraged in the employ of North Korea’s supreme leader?
Given the widespread rumors of Kim’s reflexive application of terror, it’s best to treat Mr. Kim with kid gloves, remain a malleable bureaucrat, or crave a disguise or a mask if you are a family member.
Mr. Kim does not rule as a brooding fatherly figure in the least.
In face of the barbaric actions which sidle from Pyongyang and cause revulsion and inspire fear among many, it leaves no doubt that Kim Jung-un and sanity are mutually exclusive.
Mr. Kim’s lunatic rule and his Juche political philosophy consider those who do not concur with the fiction of North Korea as a bucolic paradise as inveterately hostile to his interests.
The defining characteristics of Kim’s rule are brutality, oppression, intimidation and a steroid-level justice system which is an overeager and compliant tool of his office.
In North Korea, a bloody nation that is barbarous, cruel and filled with guile, it is difficult to create a sense of loyalty and affection among friends under this man’s rule.
[BBC] [Photo courtesy Bugaga.ru]