#AceNewsServices – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 04 – A former North Korean counter-intelligence officer has claimed that Kim Jong-Un is no longer in control of the nation and is now just a ‘puppet leader’.
Jang Jin-sung, who used to be an influential officer in Kim Jong-il’s propaganda division, made the sensational assertion at a September conference in Holland attended by several elite exiles, it’s been reported.
The capital, Pyongyang, meanwhile, has been placed into lock-down with even the elite banned from entering or leaving, according to a respected news site. This adds weight to Jin-sung’s claim, as a North Korean expert said that this kind of measure is only put in place when a coup has taken place – or is suspected.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Friday confirmed that North Korea has detained a third American and called on the communist state to release the trio.
“We are aware that a US citizen has been detained by North Korea,” State Department spokesman Marie Harf told reporters, adding: “We continue to actively seek the release of all three.”
Ms Harf said that she could not confirm the detainee’s name due to privacy considerations.
(The official Korean Central News Agency identified him as Jeffrey Edwards Fowle)
North Korea, which has no diplomatic relations with the United States, said it had detained Fowle for “hostile activities” and was questioning him.
Japanese news agency Kyodo, citing diplomatic sources, said the detainee had been part of a tour group and was held in mid-May after he left a Bible at a hotel.
Kim Jong-Un‘s totalitarian regime tightly controls all religious activity.
Another of the detained Americans, Kenneth Bae, was described by a North Korean court as a militant Christian evangelist.
#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – April 09 – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is elected as first Chairman of the North Korean State Defence Committee at a session of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the country’s parliament, in the North Korean capital on Wednesday. This decision “reflects common will of servicemen and people of North Korea,” KCNA news agency reported.
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il who died in December 2011 was named as perpetual Chairman of the State Defence Committee.
#AceWorldNews says that North Korea’s Supreme leader Kim Jong-Un received 100 percent of the votes from his constituency in a parliamentary poll, showing the “people’s absolute support and profound trust,” North’s official KCNA news agency said.
He ran uncontested in elections to the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), which are held every 5 years. Each of the nearly 700 constituencies had only one state-sponsored candidate on the ballot.
Kim can now add parliamentary deputy to his list of accolades, which also include Supreme Commander of the armed forces and chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission.
#AceWorldNews says that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, Yeo-jong, secured an influential position in the government ranks, South Korea’s Chosun Ilba newspaper reported.
North Korea’s state-run media mentioned the sister by name. North Korean state TV said Sunday that the country’s leader stopped by the polling station at Kim Il-sung University during elections for the Supreme
People’s Assembly and was accompanied by military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae, deputy directors of the Workers Party, Kim Kyong-ok and Hwang Pyong-so, and “Comrade Kim Yeo-jong.
The word “comrade” means that 26-year-old Kim Yeo-jong secured a place in the Workers Party above deputy director.
#AceWorldNews says that North Korea has rebuffed a proposal from the South to hold Red Cross talks and debate the conditions that would permit regular reunions of families split up by the 1950-53 Korean War.
The North issued a message to South Korea Thursday declaring that it is not the correct atmosphere to hold such talks, according to Yonhap news agency.
That statement was likely in reference to ongoing military drills in the Asian Pacific.
Earlier this week, North Korea fired at least two SCUD missiles into the ocean as a way of flexing its military muscle in protest against South Korea’s annual military drills with the US.
Pyongyang has also made clear that it is unhappy with leaflets critical of leader Kim Jong-un that were dropped into the isolated nation.
#AceWorldNews says that China said on Tuesday that it cannot accept criticism from UN investigators who said Beijing might be “aiding and abetting crimes against humanity” by sending migrants and defectors back to North Korea,
Reuters reported. UN investigators said on Monday that North Korean security chiefs and possibly even the leader, Kim Jong-un himself, should face international justice for human-rights abuses.
#AceWorldNews says that `North Korean’ security chiefs and possibly even the countries supreme leader, Kim Jong-un himself, should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and mass killings bordering on genocide, UN investigators said Monday.
The UN Commission of Inquiry told Kim in a letter they were advising the UN to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC), to ensure any culprits “including possibly yourself” were held accountable,
Reuters reported. North Korea said it “categorically and totally” rejected the investigators’ report.
#AceWorldNews says Four US members of Congress – the last surviving members of Congress to have served in the Korean War – have sent a letter to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, urging him to release Kenneth Bae, an imprisoned American missionary.
Bae has been held in captivity for more than a year after being sentenced to 15 years hard labour on a charge of trying to overthrow the state, Reuter’s reports.
You have done the right thing by releasing a fellow Korean War veteran, Merrill E. Newman. You would be making further progress on the humanitarian front by freeing Kenneth Bae,” the letter read.