Kim’s murderous paranoia
Kim Jong Un has proved to be as much a threat to members of his own regime as he is to neighboring countries. In five years in power, he’s ordered the execution of more than 100 top politicians and military officers, including his powerful uncle, Jang Song Thaek. Jang was executed by Kim’s preferred method: A powerful anti-aircraft gun blasted his body into bits, and then flamethrowers incinerated the scattered remains. Paranoid and unpredictable, Kim is quick to turn on people in his inner circle. He has already replaced his defense minister five times, after having several of them killed. Last month at a Malaysian airport, his half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was assassinated in a chemical attack that undoubtedly was ordered by Kim. North Korea’s highest-ranking defector, Thae Yong Ho, warns that Kim feels his grip on power is slipping, and he is more dangerous for that reason. “Kim Jong Un’s capability to wreak harm, not only to America, but also to South Korea and the world, should not be underestimated,” Thae said.