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Former North Korean Spy Claims Kim Jong-Un Ordered Assassination Attempt As Gift For Father

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A man who spent years working among North Korea’s powerful spy agencies claims Kim Jong-un ordered an assassination attempt as a gift to his father. 

Over the course of three decades, Kim Kuk-song worked his way to the top ranks of the agencies he described as the ‘eyes, ears, and brains of the Supreme Leader’.

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He admitted to being a loyal communist servant who kept the agencies’ secrets, sent assassins to kill their critics and built an illegal drugs-lab to help raise ‘revolutionary’ funds, but in 2014 he fled to Seoul, where he found a job working for South Korean intelligence.

Kim Jong-un (Alamy)Alamy

Kim’s last few years in North Korea’s top intelligence unit overlapped with the early career of current leader Jong-un, with North Korea forming a new spy agency called the Reconnaissance General Bureau in 2009, when Jong-un was being prepared to succeed his father.

In an interview with BBC News, Kim claimed Jong-un was keen to prove himself as a ‘warrior’, and in May 2009 the former spy said an order came down the chain of command to form a ‘terror task force’ tasked with killing Hwang Jang-yop, a former North Korean official who had defected to the South.

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Kim described the command for Jong-un as ‘an act to satisfy the supreme leader’, Jong-un’s father, adding: ‘A ‘Terror Force’ was formed to assassinate Hwang Jang-yop in secret. I personally directed and carried out the work.’

Prior to his defection in 1977, Hwang was one of North Korea’s most powerful officials who worked as a key architect of North Korean policy. He was later extremely critical of the North Korean regime, prompting the family of the supreme leader to seek revenge.

Kim Kuk-song (BBC News)BBC News

The assassination attempt did not go to plan, however, and as a result two North Korean army majors are still serving a 10-year prison sentences in Seoul. The North Korean city of Pyongyang has denied its involvement in the events and claimed South Korea had staged the attempt.

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Kim contradicted the claims, as he said: ‘In North Korea, terrorism is a political tool that protects the highest dignity of Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un. It was a gift to demonstrate the successor’s loyalty to his great leader.’

The former spy alleged there were more violent orders to come, including the sinking of a South Korean navy ship and dozens of North Korean artillery shells hitting the South Korean island of Yeongpyeong.

Kim commented: ‘In North Korea, even when a road is built, it cannot be done without the direct approval of the Supreme Leader. The sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeongpyeong Island are not a thing that could be carried out by subordinates. This kind of military work is designed and implemented by Kim Jong-un’s special orders. It’s an achievement.’

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Though BBC News cannot independently verify Kim’s claims, the outlet has verified the former spy’s identity and found corroborating evidence for his allegations where possible.

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Topics: News, Kim Jong-un, Korea, North Korea, Now, Spy

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