America’s birthday gift to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un – Getting in on the plot to assassinate him!
Express News Global
Published: January 09, 2017
PYONGYANG, North Korea – The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un is said to have had a surprisingly low-profile birthday celebration on Sunday.
As opposed to reports late last year, that the elusive nation’s leader would have a grand and pompous celebration, much like the festivities that accompanied the birthdays of his grandfather and father – Kim Jong Un, kept it low profile.
Like each year, residents of Pyongyang participated in sports events – which is the norm on the second Sunday of the New Year.
Interestingly, no one knows the exact age of the dangerously enigmatic leader, some say he is 33, other think he’s 34 – but he still is considered the world’s youngest head of state.
Earlier in 2016, North Korea held a landmark ruling party congress and cemented Kim Jong Un’s status as the country’s Supreme Leader.
The congress came after four years of reorganising, reshuffling and executions.
The party congress was also the first in 40 years and officially made Kim Jong Un the leader of the country.
He inherited the dynastic dictatorship that was started by his grandfather Kim Il-Sung and passed down to him after his father Kim Jong-Il’s death.
The last congress had taken place in 1980, when his father Kim Jong-il had inherited the dynasty. Kim had not been born at the time.
In 2011, when his father passed away, and it was Kim Jong Un’s turn to take over the country, many people had expressed their doubts over his capabilities to do so but he proved everyone wrong. He went a step ahead and purged anyone who he thought was disloyal to him. He even executed his uncle Jang Song-Thaek, who was a powerful member of the party and at one point a political mentor to Kim.
Reports pointed out that the only time Kim Jong Un was honoured in public on his birthday was in the year 2014 – when former NBA star Dennis Rodman sang Happy Birthday to him before an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang.
Reports also indicated that the reason for the subdued birthday celebrations was to portray Kim Jong Un as a ‘humble leader.’
North Korea has planned celebrations for the 75th birth anniversary of Kim’s father in February and in April, the country will mark five years since Kim Jong Un took charge.
In April, there might be other plans for the country too, as it would be marking the 105th birth anniversary of Kim’s late grandfather and speculations are rife that North Korea might be planning something really big around that time.
Meanwhile, Yonhap news agency reported that on Kim Jong Un’s birthday, U.S. special units declared their support in South Korea’s plan to eliminate the rival leader.
Yonhap quoted military sources as saying that U.S. special operation forces are expected to participate in a South Korean-led operation to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in the event of war.
A high-ranking government official reportedly said on the condition of anonymity, “The South Korean military will form a special brigade based on that of the U.S. sometime later this year.”
The official added that U.S. special agents are expected to be under Korean command during the operation.
South Korea had revealed plans of setting up this brigade within this year with an agenda to remove North’s wartime leadership.
He said, “Although the brigade is modelled after that in the U.S., it will be tailored to the special environments of the peninsula.”
Further, it was reported that the unit, consisting of 1,000-2,000 personnel, including Delta Force, the Green Berets, Navy Seals and Rangers, will eliminate Pyongyang’s wartime command, including Kim Jong Un – to paralyse its functions completely.
The source said, “In the event of contingency, elite commandoes from the U.S. military will be assigned to the envisioned brigade that the Ministry of Defense plans to set up this year.”