Kim Jong Un - Takeaway
BackgroundDecember 2013 - The Takeaways: Execution of North Korea's #2
- Suh Sang-ki, a lawmaker in South Korea's governing Saenuri Party who sits on a parliamentary intelligence committee, said the decision to kill Jang suggests Kim's power is weaker than that of his father.
- There will be many more executions of Jang's allies and confidants," said Park Syung-je, a North Korea expert and chairman of South Korea's Asia Strategy Institute.
- "I think there's going to be a clear amount of brinksmanship," said Philip Yun, executive director of the Ploughshares Fund, a nuclear nonproliferation group. "I think if we continue to wait for him to do things, he's going to continue to shoot missiles, and he'll probably at some point decide to test a nuclear weapon."
May 2015 - Kim Jong Un's Next Purge for the BLBM (Barge Launched Strategic Missile)
Predicted then: Obviously Kim Jong Un cannot excuse another purge by admission of his regime's flawed deceit in the DPRK's SLBM capability. However, if he accuses the careless propaganda minister of sleeping, well there is already a stern precedent for handling inattentiveness to duty. The only questions now are the identity of the scapegoat, the method of execution (bullet, is our guess), and how long before the world learns of the purge. - M.E.
Submarines are always silent and strange.