According to a recent defector from North Korea who was interviewed by CNN, Kim Jong Un is slowly losing the support and following of the elites who stand beside him in the North Korean government. Things have become so bad, that the defector believes there is little time left in power for the unhinged dictator.
The defector believes it is because Un’s excessive abusive of power and the fact that he was so willing to exile and ultimately execute his own uncle, Jang Song Thaek, is why he is losing the faith of the elites. This loss of support may cripple the young dictator so much so that he will eventually be pushed out of power.
For fear of his family being punished or even himself being found in his new-found freedom, the defector refused to give his name to CNN and the network did not give away many distinguishing features of the defector.
The defector strongly believes that because of Un’s unpredictability and his lavish use of power means his regime will not last long: “It is Kim Jong Un’s regime that is the most unstable. And it is going to be the shortest.”
North Korea has been known for their use of intense propaganda in showing a beautiful and prosperous North Korea, but according to the defector, that is far from accurate.
When Kim Jong Un took control after his father’s death in 2011, he made many public appearances and seemed friendly and open to the public. This image was not too last nor was it accurate in the first place, according to the defector.
After Jong Un exiled his uncle, it followed with statements calling him “despicable human scum, worse than a dog.” Soon after, the state announced he had been executed around the beginning of 2014.
But the exiles didn’t stop with Jang; Kim Jong Un began to purge several members of the ruling class. There may not have been any public reaction seen to the outside world, but according to the defector, the distrust was bubbling below the surface.
“’I can tell you for sure the North Koreans who are in the upper middle class don’t trust Kim Jong Un. I was thinking about leaving North Korea for a long time. After seeing the execution of Jang, I thought, ‘I need to hurry up and leave this hell on earth.’ That’s why I defected,’ said the defector.”
Thanks to his purge of his inner circle, Kim Jong Un, may be losing the support of Pyongyang’s upper class, says the defector:
“Kim Jong Un is mistaken that he can control his people and maintain his regime by executing his enemies. There’s fear among high officials that at any time, they can be targets. The general public will continue to lose their trust in him as a leader by witnessing him being willing to kill his own uncle.”
But according to a survey done by the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University, support for the regime remains high, but is reported less than what it was in 2012:
“’In 2012, just as Kim Jong Un took control of the regime, defectors in the survey perceived support at more than 70%. In 2014, their latest survey of 146 defectors shows that while they perceive support of Kim Jong Un remains high, it has dropped to 58%,’ reports CNN.”
No one can be certain what will happen to Kim Jong Un due to his excessive use of exiling members of his government he doesn’t like, or how the country will fair due to their development of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
But the defector is confident in one prediction about the fate of North Korea: “There is no collapse of North Korea while Kim Jong Un is alive. We can only expect the opening or reform of North Korea when Kim Jong Un is removed by an external power. North Korea will not collapse as long as Kim Jong Un lives.”