Posted by: rbbadger | June 17, 2009

北 金正雲 측, 金正男 장남 몰래 암살 시도

The Chosun Ilbo has reported that Kim Jong-un (金正雲), the son of Kim Jong-il’s (金正日) who is likely to succeed him apparently tried to have his older brother assassinated.  Fortunately for Kim Jong-nam (金正男), he has good relations with very senior officials in the Central People’s Government in Beijing.  Apparently, Chinese intelligence and military officers were able to save Kim Jong-nam from assasination. 

Kim Jong-nam has handled a great deal of North Korea’s relations with the People’s Republic of China.  Perhaps China is hoping to put him in as successor to the “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il once he dies, retires, or is incapacitated.  As a sign that China is definitely not pleased with North Korea’s resumption of their nuclear programme, all projects intented to help build up North Korea’s infrastructure have been shelved.  Additionally, China has threatened to cut off North Korea from all energy and food aid should they not cease and desist from their nuclear programmes.

Kim Jong-nam is the eldest son of Kim Jong-il.  Born as a result of an affair that his father, Kim Jong-il was carrying on with an actress, he is the eldest of his children.  For a long time, he was his father’s favourite, at least until he tried to enter Japan on a forged Dominican Republic passport.  It was a huge embarassment.  Kim Jong-un, the heir apparent, is in his mid-20s and is the son of Kim Jong-il’s third wife.  Apparently, Kim Jong-il is said to favour him, as he looks the most like him of all of his children.  It seems that his personality isn’t too different from his father’s either, as Kim Jong-il is responsible for the bombing of a Korean Air flight, kidnappings and much, much more. 

China would very much like to keep North Korea afloat, though it is difficult to tell whether or not they would be able to.  And as for the family of Kim Jong-il…YIKES!



  1. Sounds like the Book of Ether to me!

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