'Silent coup' in North Korea: Claim

'Silent coup' in North Korea: Claim
Published: 2014 October 05 12:39:32 (10684 Views)
One of North Korea's top defectors has suggested that Kim Jong-il's has been the target of a silent coup.

Jang Jin-sung, once a key element in former leader Kim Jong-il's counterintelligence and propaganda machine, says the dictator is being quietly but firmly sidelined by a powerful group called the Organisation and Guidance Department (OGD).

The OGD was set up by Kim Jong-un's father in the Nineties, and the group remains loyal to the policies and direction of the former leader.

And Jang Jin-sung claims Kim Jong-un is not always headed in the same direction.



He said the OGD has taken control of the long-term strategy for North Korea – not so much in open and aggressive defiance of Kim Jong-un, rather they simply ignore any of the leader's orders.

Kim Jong-un – like many other North Korean officials who appear to be in positions of great power – is kept installed as a figurehead of a state ruled by the OGD.

Jang was quoted by Vice News as saying: 'It's not actually consciously civil war, but there are these two incompatible forces at play.'

Recent reports say that the cheese-loving, heavy-smoking Kim Jong-un is suffering from gout, diabetes and high blood pressure – so the need for the OGD to do the day-to-day driving may become more of a necessity if he dies.

Kim Jong-un does have a child – daughter Ju-ae, born in 2012 (according to Dennis Rodman) – but the two-year-old may not be considered successor material.



Source - Metro

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