Kim showed off executed uncleâs headless body: Trump
11 September 2020 Â | Â 11:56 am
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un PHOTO: STR/AFP/Getty Images
The headless body of Kim Jong Unâs executed uncle was displayed to senior North Korean officials, US President Donald Trump told the author of an upcoming book on the US president.
Jang Song Thaek, the North Korean leaderâs uncle by marriage and a hugely powerful figure within the regime, was purged for treason and corruption in 2013, in what was widely seen as Kim mercilessly asserting his authority.
Kim âtells me everything. Told me everything,â Trump told the Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward, according to his forthcoming book âRageâ.
âHe killed his uncle and he put the body right in the steps,â Trump said, in an apparent reference to a building used by senior officials.
âAnd the head was cut, sitting on the chest,â he added in excerpts from the book seen by AFP.
The North has never officially stated how Jang was executed, although multiple reports say an anti-aircraft gun was used.
Trumpâs account â apparently intended as a demonstration of the closeness of his relationship with Kim â is the first from any senior official to mention decapitation.
Nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been at a standstill since the collapse of the Hanoi summit last year over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in return.
Pyongyang officials said they had offered to âdismantle all the nuclear production facilities in the Yongbyon areaâ, but analysts say the North has several other nuclear sites.
According to the book Trump demanded five sites be given up.
âListen, one doesnât help and two doesnât help and three doesnât help and four doesnât help. Five does help,â he said.
Yongbyon was the Northâs biggest site, Kim countered according to excerpts from the book seen by AFP. âItâs also your oldest,â Trump told the author he retorted.
Kim, though, would not offer further concessions, and Trump told him: âYouâre not ready to make a deal.â
âIâve got to leave,â he added, to Kimâs shock.
âI am really, very offendedâÂ
The collapse of the summit came despite high expectations on both sides beforehand, but according to the book Trump continued to insist on full denuclearisation even after the pairâs surprise meeting several months later in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.
âIt was an honour to cross into your country,â Trump wrote in a letter to Kim two days after the encounter, when he became the first sitting US president to set foot in the North.
He urged Kim to strike a âbig dealâ that âsheds you of your nuclear burdenâ.
âRageâ, scheduled to hit the book stands next week, unveils 25 letters the pair exchanged, in which Kim repeatedly flatters Trump.
The DMZ meeting was supposed to restart the talks process but the US and South Korea held military exercises a few weeks later and Kim subsequently wrote to Trump: âI am clearly offended and I do not want to hide this feeling from you. I am really, very offended.â
Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have remained at a standstill ever since, and ties between the North and South have plummeted, but Trump insisted that he still had a good relationship with Kim.
âHe likes me. I like him. We get along,â he said.
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