The headless body of Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle has been shown to senior North Korean officials, US President Donald Trump told the author of an upcoming book about the US president.
Jang Song Thaek, the North Korean leader’s uncle by marriage and an extremely powerful figure within the regime, was purged of treason and corruption in 2013 in what was widely viewed as Kim who relentlessly asserted his authority.
Kim “tells me everything. Told me everything,” Trump told Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward, according to his upcoming book Rage.
“He killed his uncle and put the body on the stairs,” Trump said in an apparent reference to a building that was used by senior officials.
“And the head was cut and sat on the chest,” he added, extracting from the book that AFP saw.
The north has never officially stated how Jang was executed, although several reports state that an anti-aircraft gun was used.
Trump’s report – apparently intended as a demonstration of the closeness of his relationship with Kim – is the first of high-profile officials to mention the beheading.
The nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit last year because of sanctions easing and the North’s willingness to give up in return.
Pyongyang officials said they offered to “dismantle all nuclear manufacturing facilities in the Yongbyon area,” but analysts say the north has several other nuclear sites.
According to the book, Trump called for five locations to be abandoned.
“Look, one won’t help and two won’t help and three won’t help and four won’t help. Five will help,” he said.
Yongbyon was the largest town in the north, Kim countered after extracting from the AFP book. “It’s your oldest too,” Trump told the author, whom he replied.
Kim would make no further concessions, however, and Trump told him, “You are not ready to make a deal.”
“I have to go,” he added to Kim’s shock.
“I am really very offended”
The summit collapse came ahead of time despite high expectations on both sides, but according to the book, Trump continued to insist on full denuclearization even after the couple’s surprise meeting a few months later in the demilitarized zone that divides the peninsula.
“It was an honor to travel to your country,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim two days after the encounter when he was the first seated US president to step north.
He urged Kim to do a “big deal” to “free you from your nuclear burden”.
“Rage”, which hits the books next week, reveals 25 letters the couple exchanged that repeatedly flattered Kim Trump.
The DMZ meeting was supposed to resume the discussion process, but the US and South Korea held military exercises a few weeks later, and Kim subsequently wrote to Trump: “I am clearly offended and do not want to hide this feeling from you. It really is me.” very offended. “
Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have since stalled, and North-South ties have collapsed, but Trump insisted he was still on good terms with Kim.
“He likes me. I like him. We get along,” he said.
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