Trump claims Kim Jong-un told him he ‘killed his uncle’ and put his head on display for North Korea officials
Bob Woodward’s new book ‘Rage’ is dropping astonishing revelations about President Donald Trump almost every day. According to the explosive book, Trump claimed that Kim Jong-un told him he “killed his uncle” and put his head on display for North Korea officials. Jang Song-thaek, the North Korean leader’s uncle by marriage, was a powerful man within the regime. He was killed in December 2013. A 2014 report by The Independent stated that Pyongyang described Thaek as “despicable human scum, worse than a dog”. It also added that before his killing, he was stripped and thrown before a group of hungry dogs. “The killing of Jang Song-thaek has been an episode of state terrorism and the fact they did purge him and it was done so publicly shows that the military and Kim Jong-un is trying to warn people not to revolt and how savage punishments can been,” Aidan Foster-Carter, a senior research fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University, said at the time.
“Kim tells me everything. Told me everything,” Trump told Woodward, as per his book ‘Rage’. “He killed his uncle and he put the body right in the steps. And the head was cut, sitting on the chest,” the POTUS said in the book, the excerpts of which have been seen by AFP news agency. The steps that Trump mentioned were apparently in a building used by senior officials, The Daily Mail reported.
Though North Korea has never officially revealed how Jang was killed, various reports have claimed that he was executed using an anti-aircraft gun. After his death, his two aides, Ri Ryong-ha and Jang Su-gil, were also executed. Both of them were reportedly killed using anti-aircraft machine guns.
Reports have stated that Trump is the first senior leader who has ever mentioned Jang’s decapitation. It has also been said that through mentioning the execution, the 74-year-old has tried to show off his closeness with Kim.
This comes after MEA WorldWide previously reported how Trump described letters exchanged between him and the North Korean Dictator as “love letters” in interviews with Woodward. The investigative journalist has stated that the letters are filled with “declarations of personal fealty that might be uttered by the Knights of the Round Table, or perhaps suitors.” The first letter Kim wrote to the US leader was dated December 25, 2018, in which he addressed Trump as “Your Excellency”. The letter that mentioned their meeting at the “historic DPRK-US summit in Singapore” read: “Even now I cannot forget that moment of history when I firmly held Your Excellency's hand at that beautiful and sacred location as the whole world watched with great interest and hope to relive the honor of that day.” In the later part of the letter, Kim shifted his focus on the second DPRK summit as he wrote about “speeding up the preparations” and “achieve good results with Your Excellency.”
While another letter for Trump from Kim dated June 10, 2019, reminded the president of the first anniversary of their meeting in Singapore. “The historic moment of great significance that captured the attention of the world and left an imprint still indelible in my memory. Like the brief time we had together a year ago in Singapore, every minute we shared 103 days ago in Hanoi was also a moment of glory that remains a precious memory,” the letter stated.