Skip to comments.N. Korea: Inside the mind of Kim Jong-il
Posted on 07/21/2003 5:23:52 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
July, 2003, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
Inside the mind of Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il (r) was not expected to succeed his father
Film-maker, artist, playboy, ruthless leader - who is the real Kim Jong-il? BBC Two's Correspondent programme spoke to those once close to him to find out.
North Korean President Kim Jong-il, widely regarded as the world's most dangerous man, was dubbed "Dr Evil" by Newsweek magazine in January this year.
The reference was to a fictitious Hollywood film character who plots to destroy the planet, in the style of a James Bond villain.
As well as being on the US "Axis of Evil" shortlist, Kim Jong-il's regime may have nuclear material that it is willing to sell. Correspondent tracked down some of the people who have met Kim Jong-il, to uncover how the lazy student, frustrated artist and dandy became one of the world's most powerful leaders.
At an early age it was not apparent that Kim Jong-il was destined to succeed his father, Kim Il-sung, the founder of Communist North Korea. "He wasn't taken seriously - he was regarded as the black sheep of the family. No-one thought that Kim Jong-il would become leader," said former Central Committee worker Kim Duk Hong.
It came as a surprise when Kim Il-sung named his son as his chosen heir in 1974, naming him "Dear Leader" - although it would be 20 years before Kim came to power after his father's death.
"He thought he could do anything he wanted. He wasn't humble or shy, but rather always boasting and showing off," said Choe Eun Hee. Kim soon became revered by his people, thanks to a policy of repression backed by the army and a concerted propaganda campaign that included films telling the story that he was born on the most sacred mountain in North Korea.
"When Kim Jong-il came to power he became a god like his father. Father and son were the life-givers, the true parents of all Koreans," said Kim Duk Hong. "We all believed that Kim Jong-il was a genius from heaven. We had to recite this hundreds and thousands of times," said Lee Young Guk, a former bodyguard. "He insisted we must be ready to die for him. We were not to take orders from anyone else. People say Saddam's palaces are grand, but they're nothing. "At Kim Jong-il's villa there are many ladies - they call them his doctor, his nurse, his secretary, but basically they're just his playthings."
"When it comes to the orchestration of terror, Kim Jong-il is a natural born genius," said Kim Duk Hong. But the North Korean leader relies on the support of the army and secretly re-started the country's nuclear programme in order to keep them happy, according to Kim Duk Hong. "If Kim Jong-il gives up nuclear weapons, then he will lose the support of the people in his inner circle of power. Then it's only a matter of time before his leadership collapses," he said.
"The nuclear programme is his survival strategy. He'll never give it up, if he says he will and invites the inspectors to watch him destroy his facilities, he will be lying."
Correspondent: The Real Dr Evil was broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday, 20 July, 2003 at 1915 BST.
Well, we ought to just start referring to him as "YURA", his nickname when he was growing up in Russia. This fact contradicts all the lies and myths put out by the blasphemous, idolotrous DPRK about this man, who nearly have him 'officially' being born in a manger under a star in Bethlehem.
Yep. That is why he is so reluctant to open up his country. N. Korean peons will hear from others out that he used to be Yura from Khabarovsk. His legitimacy will be gone in a second.
That the "Dear Leader" son had a horrendous argument either at dinner or in the Party's offices, with the "Great Leader" father, and due to the latter's heart and health condition, the father suffered either an embolism or aneurism or heart attack fit and died "on the spot" (NK media loves to use this phrase, by the way) as a result of the agitated excitement? The son was (reported to be) so deeply dispondent over that and his role and was weeping uncontrollably at the state funeral (portions not widely televised) and did end up losing about 40 pounds, went into a reclusive deep depression (evidence of this IS around due to the clips back then in 1994 and 1995), etc?
I read two different version.
(1) In the first version, just as you said, Daddy and son had a big arguement, resulting in the Daddy's heart attack. It happened in their resort mansion at Mt. Myo-hyang. Due to a bad weather at the mountain, the evacuation helicopter which was sent had trouble landing at the place in time. By the time the chopper landed, he was already dead. The pilot of the chopper was later sentenced to death for this mishap. This is the version floating around in S. Korea not long after Kim's death.
(2) The second version was supposedly from Kim Il-sung's wife, Kim Sung-ae. I read it recently. According to this, the wife called her daughter staying in Europe by telephone after Kim's death. In it, she recounted, "Your father was so busy preparing for the inter-Korean summit with (then S. Korean president) Kim Young-sam. He had countless meetings and worked many hours. He was really stressed. He tried to relax by taking a hot bath. However, he collapsed while doing it."
I do not know which one is correct. It is also possible that both are corrent to some degree.:)
MT. MYOHANG, NORTH KOREA
That's right. He apparently liked Kim Il-sung, but disliked(hated) Kim Jong-il.
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