Although the source – who is well-informed about North Korean affairs according to South Korean media reports – did not reveal the exact timing of the incident or who was behind the attack, he said the move appeared to be related to the recent fall and rise of a powerful general, Kim Yong-chol. “It appeared that disgruntled people inside the North moved before the time of the demotion of Kim Yong-chol,” the source said.
Known as one of the closest associates of the young North Korean leader, General Kim appeared on television last week to say that Pyongyang could “cancel the 1953 armistice agreement” that halted the fighting in the Korean War, potentially sparking war with the South. The source said an internal power struggle took place last year at the Reconnaissance General Bureau, which was run by General Kim and oversees South Korean operations.
The power struggle even involved an exchange of gunfire, the source said, and it is believed those involved were also behind the attempt on the Dear Leader’s life. “The people who were purged after the gunfight could be related to the assassination attempt,” the source said. South Korean intelligence authorities now believe the latest moves by Kim Jong-un to ratchet up tensions through a series of war threats are linked to the incident, which reportedly took place last year.
I wondered what had hapened. It does explain the tensions. Makes me wonder why they would try to assassinate him. Do they want war or peace? Would they peaceful reunify the korean peninsula? -Mort