- Kim Jong-un is tightening his grip on power.
- North Korea is undergoing a coronavirus crisis.
- Kim Jong-un’s sister has been away from the limelight for over a month.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered the execution of five Economic Ministry officials by firing squad on the 30th of July after they discussed his lackluster handling of the country’s dire economic situation. Information of those involved was leaked by one of the participants.
They were subsequently picked up by security authorities when arriving to work and executed. The latest revelation is a testament to the growing dissent around Kim Jong-un and the struggle to maintain his grip on power.
The situation also highlights the extent to which the hermit state is willing to go in order to stamp out opposition. With the economy in shambles due to the coronavirus crisis and extensive floods, officials around Kim are afraid to publicly voice their opinions or partake in discussions related to the leader.
The families of the executed men are said to have been transferred to a gulag known as Camp 15. The concentration camp is situated in Yodok.
The segregation camp holds prisoners who have gone against the establishment. Prisoners who have been kept there have revealed horrifying stories that depict extreme torture, executions, and slave labor.
Kim Jong-un’s Sister Fears Antagonizing Him
The current situation in North Korea has reportedly led Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, to step away from the limelight. She has been away from public view for over a month now. This has led to fears that her prominence may have been too much for her brother’s liking.
Western media has portrayed her as the ‘number two’ from the throne. Yo-jong has represented her country in a series of high-profile events including the Winter Olympics.
She has regularly emerged in conversations regarding a probable successor to the throne, especially when there are negative rumors related to Kim Jong-un’s health. Kim Yo-jong was last seen in public towards the end of July.
Kim Jong-un Executes Close Relatives
Although Kim Jong-un’s sister has disappeared from the public eye, political analysts contend that she is unlikely to suffer the same fate as his dissidents. She and Kim have been close for most of their lives and even attended school in Switzerland together.
That said, Kim Jong-un has previously executed his own uncle in order to secure his position as the de-facto ruler. This was after he took over the reins in 2011 following his father’s death.
This gruesome story about the North Korean leader has been confirmed by US President Donald Trump.
This is according to a new tell-all by veteran journalist Bob Woodward dubbed “Rage”. In the book, he recounts the US president telling him about the execution as disclosed by the North Korean leader.
General Jang was at the time of his assassination, among the most powerful officials in the North Korean government. He was the acting head of the nation when Kim Jong-un’s father was unwell.