Trump claims that Kim Jong uncle’s ‘headless body’ shows officers in North Korea
The head of Kim Jong-un’s expelled uncle was shown to senior officials in North Korea, US President Donald Trump told the author of an upcoming book on the US president.
Jung’s North Korean leader’s uncle and an extremely powerful figure within the regime, Jang Song Thak, was purged for treason and corruption in 2013, with Kim widely seen as discharging his authority.
Kim “told me everything. Told me everything.” Trump told Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward according to his upcoming book “Rage”.
“He killed his uncle and he put the body in the right steps,” Trump said, in clear reference to a building used for superiors.
“And the head was cut off, seated on the chest,” he added to excerpts from the book seen by AFP.
North Korea never officially described how the war was carried out, although several reports said an anti-aircraft gun was used.
Trump’s accounts – apparently intended as a demonstration of the closeness of his relationship with Kim – are the first to mention evaporation from any senior official.
Nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been at a standstill since the collapse of the Hanoi summit last year to seek relief from sanctions and what the North would be willing to give in return.
Pyongyang officials said they had offered to “destroy all nuclear production facilities in the Yongbyon region”, but analysts say there are several other nuclear sites in the north.
According to the book, Trump demanded that the five sites be abandoned.
“Listen, one doesn’t help and two don’t help and three don’t help and four don’t help. Five help,” he said.
Yongbyon was the largest site in the north, with Kim counting according to excerpts from a book seen by AFP. “It’s also your oldest,” Trump told the author as he backed away.
However, Kim would not make further concessions and Trump told him: “You are not ready to make a deal.” I’ve got to leave, “he said, much to Kim’s shock.
‘I’m really hurt’
The collapse of the summit had already come despite high expectations on both sides, but according to the book, Trump continued to insist on full demolition even after the pair’s surprise meeting several months later in the demilitarized region dividing the peninsula.
“It was an honor to cross into his country,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim two days after the encounter, when he became the first US president to set foot in the North.
He urged Kim to do a “big thing” that “sheds your nuclear weight”. “Rage”, which is scheduled to hit the book next week, has been exchanged with 25 letters, in which Kim repeatedly lashes out at Trump.
The DMZ meeting was about to resume the negotiation process but the US and South Korea held military exercises a few weeks later and Kim later wrote to Trump: “I am obviously angry and I don’t want to hide this feeling from you . I really am., Felt so bad. “
Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been at a standstill ever, and relations between North and South have declined, but Trump insists he still has a good relationship with Kim.