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North Korea: Portrait of New Leader Takes Shape (More merciless and unpredictable than his father?)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/19/2011 | By ADAM ENTOUS and SIOBHAN GORMAN in Washington and JAEYEON WOO in Seoul

Posted on 12/19/2011 7:35:24 PM PST by SeekAndFind

North Korea's new leader is depicted in U.S. intelligence assessments as a volatile youth with a sadistic streak who may be even more unpredictable than his late father, according to U.S. officials.

U.S. intelligence officials say they have limited information about Kim Jong Eun, the youngest son of Kim Jong Il and his anointed successor. The U.S. has had few direct contacts on which to make a "conclusive assessment" of Kim Jong Eun's nature and character, a senior U.S. official said.

Some analysts say Kim Jong Eun's youth, inexperience and lack of public exposure raise questions about whether he can, or even will, run the country.

Kim Jong Il's sister, Kim Kyong Hui, and her husband, Jang Song Thaek, a close aide to Kim Jong Il, could act as regents for Kim Jong Eun to help him gain enough power within the Workers' Party as well as the military to run the regime, some analysts say.


The portrait of Kim Jong Eun that emerges in his U.S. profile is that of a young man who, despite years of education in the West, is steeped in his father's cult of personality and may be even more mercurial and merciless, officials said.

A senior U.S. official said intelligence analysts believe, for instance, that Kim Jung Eun "tortured small animals" when he was a youth. "He has a violent streak and that's worrisome," a senior U.S. official said, summing up the U.S. assessments.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: kimjongeun; kimjongildead; northkorea
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To: ColdOne

Sure. It’s more of “suspected by some historians and reported by cold war era defectors”. In the google books link, it’s attributed to “horseplay” as he kept on pushing his brother back into the water until he drowned.

This is the brother:

Defector’s account:

21 posted on 12/19/2011 10:16:14 PM PST by jimnm
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To: bigdaddy45
I know we have some good intelligence, but i’m wondering how they found out he tortured small animals as a kid. I’m not doubting anything that comes out of that clan of psychos, but it sounds pretty specific to me.

I'm not sure of what source they used for this, but I do know, that the family chef defected years ago (I think he even wrote a book), and one of the notes about this little freak, was that he was an anti-japanese bigot (the quote was that the kid looked at the chef with disgust because he was japanese or part japanese).

The references in the book were more about the "dear leader" though. The U.S. likes to debrief any and all defectors from North Korea, but most of the time, only gets speculative material and gossip, rarely anything first hand, especially due to the fact that this family was/is highly paranoid and constantly worried about information getting out in case of defection or leaks. They don't call North Korea the hermit kingdom for nothing.

22 posted on 12/20/2011 12:49:14 AM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Army Air Corps

It’s hard to imagine how he could be worse.

23 posted on 12/20/2011 3:40:54 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s predicted to be unpredictable?

24 posted on 12/20/2011 3:42:09 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: jimnm

Thank you for that info!

25 posted on 12/20/2011 9:36:45 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: SeekAndFind

Which country has a recent history of wars, control obsession, and led by a bisexual Muslim with an admitted history of drug abuse?

And exporting machine-guns to drug-dealers...?


26 posted on 12/20/2011 1:07:22 PM PST by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind
He is HOT.... !
27 posted on 12/21/2011 8:43:46 AM PST by traumer
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