North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un Is Nervous Trying To Avoid Being Assassinated, Says South Korean Authorities
- Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, is “extremely nervous” about plots to assassinate him.
- In this session, we will learn about the reason behind his nervousness.
The Reason for Nervousness
According to South Korea’s intelligence agency, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, is “extremely nervous” about plots to assassinate him, and uses several ruses to foil would-be assailants.
As reported by Yonhap News, the officials of the National Intelligence Service told a restricted session of the South Korean parliament on Thursday that apart from fearing an attack by gunmen on the vehicles that he uses to travel around the country, Kim is also constantly worried about an airstrike.
“Kim is engrossed with collecting information about the ‘decapitation operation’ through his intelligence agencies”,
said Lee Cheol-woo, an opposition politician who attended the meeting. He also went on to add that Kim has taken to traveling at dawn. Likewise, the dictator also switches between different subordinates’ cars instead of always traveling in his own Mercedes-Benz.
The Hermit Kingdom’s supreme leader has had his concerns soar since it was reported earlier this year that the US and South Korea are setting up a special forces unit that would be tasked with eliminating the North Korean leadership in the event of war breaking out in the Korean peninsula.
In March, members of the US Navy’s Seal Team Six, which carried out the raid in which Osama Bin Laden was killed, took part in exercises with South Korean special forces, along with elements of the US Army’s Rangers, Delta Force, and Green Berets units.
The US made it clear that the units were training to carry out a “decapitation operation” designed to kill the North’s leaders and destroy the regime’s ability to continue fighting.
In May, Pyongyang claimed to have foiled a CIA plot for a North Korean who had been “ideologically corrupted and bribed” to assassinate Kim with a “biochemical substance“, accusing the US of conducting state-sponsored terrorism.
Apart from the various external threats to Kim’s life, there have been reports of numerous attempted coups against the Kim family ruling the North since 1945.
According to intelligence sources in South Korea, personal security around Kim was dramatically stepped up in March 2013. Numerous armored vehicles were deployed close to his residence in Pyongyang, along with the troops armed with automatic rifles on the streets of the city.
Likewise, mobile phone signals were jammed at public events that the North Korean leader attended, apparently out of concern that they could be used to detonate a bomb.
4 months prior, there were reports of outbreaks of gunfire on the streets of the North Korean capital between factions within the military and heightened discontent in some quarters with how Kim was managing the country.