After the wild rumors of the “execution” by starved attack dogs of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s once powerful uncle, now rumors abound that the diminutive leader’s aunt has also disappeared and is possibly dead.
For many years Kim Jong-Un’s aunt and uncle were very powerful members of North Korea’s ruling cabal. Many outside observers felt that aunt Kim Kyong-hui and uncle Jang Song-Thaek were in all practicality the real leaders of the gulag nation. But now Song-Thaek is dead and Kyong-hui hasn’t been seen publicly since September.
It was rumored that Jang Song-Thaek was executed by being stripped bare and thrown into a pit filled with starved attack dogs in an execution supposedly called “quan jue,” or execution by dogs. But many thought Kim Kyong-hui was safe in her powerful position.
Others say he was merely shot. But by whatever method he was eliminated, it only goes to show that Kim Jong-un is solidifying his grip on power by eliminating even family members who might be thought of as more powerful than he.
As to Kim Kyong-hui, she hasn’t been seen since September 10. She was rumored to have been undergoing treatment for a heart condition.
Aunt Kim Kyong-hui and uncle Jang Song-Thaek.
Rumors are swirling that she either died of her heart condition or is yet another victim of Kim Jong-un’s insatiable and bloody lust for total power.
If she is dead, her absence will cause even more instability in that nation, says Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University and an authority on North Korean affairs.
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“Her disappearance will inevitably cause a lot of political problems in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un may be trying to cover her disappearance up for a while to consolidate his own political strength,” Shigemura said.
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