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Friday, October 3, 2014

Is Kim Jong-Un Ousted from North Korea?

Despite the apparent adoration of North Korean girls in ill-fitting WW2 helmets, Kim Jung-Un is likely out of any position of actual political power in North Korea

Personally, I never felt this Kim had the political backing nor the skills to run North Korea. Of course, I felt the same way about his father and that guy ran the country until his death.

From The Daily Mail (h/t Gateway Pundit):

A former North Korean counter-intelligence officer has claimed that Kim Jong-Un is no longer in control of the nation and is now just a 'puppet leader'. 
Jang Jin-sung, who used to be an influential officer in Kim Jong-il's propaganda division, made the sensational assertion at a September conference in Holland attended by several elite exiles, it's been reported. 
The capital, Pyongyang, meanwhile, has been placed into lockdown with even the elite banned from entering or leaving, according to a respected news site. This adds weight to Jin-sung's claim, as a North Korean expert said that this kind of measure is only put in place when a coup has taken place - or is suspected.  
Jin-sung said that Kim Jong-Un was actually overthrown in 2013 and that the political strings in North Korea are being pulled by the powerful Organization and Guidance Department (OGD), which used to report directly to Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-Un's father.  
North Korea is currently embroiled in a sort of civil war, he said in his speech. 
Some officials want to keep the communist status quo, he said, others are open to elements of capitalism being introduced.

Doubtlessly, something is going on in North Korea, although I'm not sure that Jin-Sung is absolutely correct in his assertions. Let's remember that Jin-Sung is simply giving us his best guess. I'm betting that the military leadership will ultimately be the ones deciding the eventual outcome of this fracas.

Anyway, let's hope that those people supporting a loosening of the Marxist state win. Marxist North Korea is doomed to be brushed into the ash bin  of history, but in the meantime it can do catastrophic damage to both Asia and the world.

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