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originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: Bloodydagger
You and I are having similar thoughts. S&F, and a few extras:
Now please get out of my head.
originally posted by: Hypntick
I said this in another thread right before the summit, about how he went out with a group of his entourage to walk the town. If you're born as the child of a dictator do you go full survival mode and play the game, or do you resist and get removed? Maybe he hasn't been in a situation where he can pursue this option until this point, just think of the structure his country has been in this entire time, have to satisfy the hard liners while keeping up appearances. Now that the whole world is watching it's much more difficult for those groups to try and wrestle back power without outside intervention.
I don't know, I just hope that in the 45 minutes they spent talking together Kim said to Trump "You gotta get me out of this, I never wanted this and have had to do what I needed to survive." That's my hope at least.
SEOUL, South Korea — In late 2013, Jang Song-thaek, an uncle of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was taken to the Gang Gun Military Academy in a Pyongyang suburb.
Hundreds of officials were gathered there to witness the execution of Mr. Jang’s two trusted deputies in the administrative department of the ruling Workers’ Party.
The two men, Ri Ryong-ha and Jang Su-gil, were torn apart by antiaircraft machine guns, according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service. The executioners then incinerated their bodies with flamethrowers.
A network of prison gulags
Many North Koreans live in fear. That is by design, and it is reinforced by the country’s ruthless police state.
People accused of political crimes are arrested and sentenced to prison camps without trials, while their families are often kept in the dark about their whereabouts. Up to 120,000 inmates were in the country’s four major political prisons in 2014 and were subjected to gruesome conditions, according to the United Nations report.
Christianity is deemed a ‘serious threat’
North Korea considers the spread of most religions dangerous, but Christianity is considered a “particularly serious threat” because it “provides a platform for social and political organization and interaction outside the realm of the State,” according to the United Nations report.
‘Deliberate starvation’ as a play for power
More recently, the inmate population in North Korea’s political prison camps has been culled through “deliberate starvation,” the report found, adding that suspects are also starved “to increase the pressure on them to confess and to incriminate other persons.”
When the 2014 report was conducted, it found that hunger and malnutrition were still widespread problems among the general population, and deaths from starvation continued to be reported.