Thae Yong-ho, a former DPRK’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom who defected with his family to South Korea in 2016, has revealed Kim Jong Un’s discontentment with high-ranking officials in North Korea’s military.
Image: Thae Yong-ho
According to The Dong-a Ilbo, Kim is furious over an alleged misappropriation of state funds by military leaders.
The report adds that Kim’s anger was expressed during his 17 December visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun Kim, in commemoration of the 7th anniversary of the death of his father Kim Jong Il. The supreme leader was joined by many high-ranking officials of the central committee such as President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and North Korean Premier Pak Pong Ju.
Writing on his blog, the former North Korean diplomat explained that North Korean media outlets have been prohibited from covering military-related events except those that aim at boosting public support, admiration and loyalty–which make headlines every year.
Thae noted in his analysis that Kim may have been enraged by a bunch of irregularities caught by censorship sessions on military leadership carried out by a body in charge of escorting and guarding Kim. The Rodong Sinmun covered an editorial dated on Wednesday, declaring war on corruption among the military leaders. In the writer’s opinion, the editorial seems to be related to widespread corruptions recently caught by Kim’s regime.
Additionally, Thae said that Pyongyang is trying to create an atmosphere across the media to blame Seoul for the unlikeliness of Kim’s visit to Korea within this year.
“However, North Korea has not mentioned any issues regarding inter-Korean cooperation efforts such as a joint research exercise of the railway system and the South’s decision to provide humanitarian assistance,” Thae added.
“Thus, attention is being paid to what Kim will deliver at his new year speech on January 1, 2019.”