- - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The South Korean Intelligence Service (NIS) has told the country’s parliament that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has banished his No. 2, Choe Ryong Hae, to a farm in the North Korean countryside for re-education.

The reason for his exile is not known but the NIS said it may be because of differences of opinion with Kim or because of the poor quality of construction of the Baekdusan Power Plant, said to be part of Choe’s remit, said CNN.

“It’s not that serious,” said professor Andrei Lankov of Seoul’s Kookmin University. “If it’s serious he will be killed.”

Mr. Lankov added that North Korea has used re-education for less serious crimes since the late 1950s. “As long as the person works hard and never forgets to proclaim loyalty to the government and the world’s greatest leader, they are usually recalled and often re-promoted to a high position.”

Many North Korean analysts have questioned whether or not Kim Jong-un’s inner circle could eventually purge the paranoid leader himself due to his violent repression of members of the ruling class. The son of Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader is seen as unstable and ruthless, even reckless.

Let’s hope Choe Ryong Hae’s future doesn’t include the fate of Kim Jong-un’s uncle who was also banished several times and reinstated, but eventually fed to a pack of starving dogs. This incident is said to have shocked the elites in the North who now think wonder if their heads are next on the chopping block.


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