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Korean Media Speculate about Kim Jong-un: May Be Sent To International Tribunal
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not appeared
in public for over a month.
Has he been sick? Or been deposed of?
It remains unknown.
However, the news regarding Kim has become
“a problem for the public to guess the solution."
Yonhap reported on Oct. 9 that the United Nations
is considering charging Kim Jong-un with crimes
against humanity on the international tribunal.
From Sept. 3, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made
no public appearances for more than one month,
and was even absent from the General Assembly
to commemorate Kim Jong-il held in North Korea on Oct. 7.
As the supreme leader, Kim did not appear during another
previous important meeting– North Korea’s 13th Supreme
People’s Assembly on Sept. 25.
The latest news about Kim Jong-un has been disclosed
from the South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo.
Yonhap quoted him as saying on Oct. 7:
“Kim Jong-un currently stays somewhere
in the north of Pyongyang."
This information comes from the South Korean
Defense Information Division, and is a credible.
However, this still does not explain the unusual faceless
situation regarding Kim Jong-un.
Los Angeles Times reported on Oct. 6 that the most recent
information about Kim Jong-un were rumors
of his being overthrown.
A common basic idea behind these rumors is that
the disappearance of Kim Jong-un is due to either
illness or death, or at least the death of his political life.
United States-based Washington Times reported on Oct. 6
that, according to a news report, Kim Jong-un was suffering
from gout, and other media reported that he underwent
surgery because of feet and ankle fractures.
The report also quoted former North Korea
counterintelligence official Jang Jin-Sung.
He believes that the Organizing & Guiding Department
of the Worker Party of Korea (WPK), in fact, seized
power from Kim Jong-un last year after Kim Jong-un’s
uncle Jang Sung-taek was killed.
Kim Jong-un is now just a puppet in the hands
of the Organizing and Guiding Department.
Professor Ding Shufan is a Chinese military expert
from Taiwan Chengchi University.
He says, “North Korea is an extremely
So in the end what happened to Kim Jong-un is unknown,
and then all kinds of rumours spread.
It is very difficult to guess the answer of such a matter."
As one of the fellow sufferers of the Chinese Communist
Party (CCP), the news of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
has also attracted Chinese people’s attention.
Recently on Chinese social media the coup rumor regarding
the North Korean was widely spread.
In contrast, South Korea’s public opinion is much more calm
with less discussion about a coup.
Deng Yuwen once worked as Deputy Editor of Study Times
affiliated to the CCP Central Committee’s Party College.
He published an article on Oct. 8 in the Wall Street Journal
and noted that the aspirations and the vision
behind the incident are certainly worth pondering.
Deng Yuwen analysed that China’s social media always
uses wishful thinking to look at North Korea’s situation
and interpret Kim Jong-un’s whereabouts.
The deep roots, of course, lie in the uncertainties
of the development in such a totalitarian state,
as well as the elusive behavior of the leaders
of the country.
In general, the totalitarian regime is largely tied
to the fate of the dictator.
If the dictator has physical ailments or an accident occurs,
then it is difficult to maintain the totalitarian ruling.
From this perspective, people tend to judge the stability
of the regime by observing the activities of the dictator.
Xia Ming is a Political Science Professor from City University
of New York.
He says, “If there is a coup, then this will not only mean
the demise of the Kim’s dynasty, but also the demise
of the communist regime in North Korea.
If the North and South are able to open the gates to achieve
North Korea’s gradual transformation by their negotiation
and consultation, then this can really reduce the chance
of the CCP to intervene.
This is so that a new gap can be opened
in the Asian communist system."
Meanwhile, another topic which is worth pondering
was triggered by Kim Jong-un on Oct. 9 again.
Yonhap reported on the 9th the United Nations internally
circulated a “draft resolution to North Korean human rights"
prepared by the European Union (EU) on Oct. 8.
This draft charges North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
and other relevant officials who committed crimes
against humanity on the “International Criminal Court “(ICC).
According to the news report, an anonymous UN source said
that although a North Korean human rights resolution is only
a draft so far, this is the first time one covers charges against
Kim Jong-un and other North Korean leaders
on the international tribunal.
As for other included information of the draft,
he said it is still inconvenient to disclose.
The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights
of North Korea of UN Human Rights Council (COI)
published North Korea human rights report
in February of this year.
This report pointed out that North Korea’s human rights
violations are crimes against humanity
and Korea has systematically and widely
committed crimes against humanity.
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