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Ex-envoy: Kim Jong facing open dissent from elite

Jan 25, 2017, 7:31 AM EST
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the country's embassy in Havana.
(Source: Marcel Oosterwijk/flickr)

Thae Yong-ho, North Korea's former deputy ambassador to London and the highest-ranking official to defect from Pyongyang said on Wednesday that the country’s elite has started to show open dissent with leader Kim Jong-un and his government. Thae, who laments leaving his brother back under the authoritarian regime, admitted that N. Korea has “nothing to do with true Communism” and the nation’s government is destined to fall.  

In a wide-ranging interview, Thae warned that Kim is a “ruthless” leader, whose powers should not be underestimated, writes the BBC. Thae added that the N. Korean president lacks the resources to attack the United States but he is developing the ability.

Applauding the economic reforms in neighboring countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam, Thae said similar restructuring in Pyongyang would end Kim’s rule, which keeps the leader clinging to a Soviet-style command economy, notes the Guardian.