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The Kim Jong Il Regime Faces Enemies on Every Side

Posted December. 13, 2004 22:30,   


The International Herald Tribune (IHT) reported yesterday that the Kim Jong Il regime is facing enemies on every side due to the re-election of U.S. President George W. Bush, followed by the fake remnants event of an abducted Japanese victim and an internal conflict concerning the successor problem.

The newspaper reported that such atmosphere is detected also in Korea, and that it acts as a new menace factor to the Kim Jong Il regime.

In his interview with the newspaper, American North Korea expert Michael Horowitz said, “Now, the terms ‘North Korea’ and ‘Kim Jong Il regime’ should be interpreted separately.”

The newspaper forecasted that the Kim Jong Il regime will experience four more years of distrust and a cold shoulder from Washington due to the re-election of President George W. Bush.

Quoting Japan’s Asahi Daily regarding the fake human bones event, the IHT stressed, “Kim Jong Il should realize how angry the Japanese are.”

The IHT also reported that conflicts are surfacing in the core powers of the North Korean regime regarding the successor problem of 63-year-old National Defense Committee Chairman Kim Jong Il. It reported that there is a wide-spread rumor that Chairman Kim’s brother-in-law and former vice director of the Korean Workers Party’s organization and guidance department Jang Song Taek was purged of his post for building a faction to install his son Jang Hyun (33) in power.

Hye-Yoon Park parkhyey@donga.com