North Korean with ties to Kim Jong Un reportedly escapes kidnap attempt in Paris
PARIS – A North Korean student with family ties to the regime in his country escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source with knowledge of the case said Saturday. The architecture student, identified only as Han, avoided the kidnapping attempt at a Paris airport where he was to be put on a plane for Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly on the sensitive matter.
The failed bid to capture Han occurred in the first week of November, and he has been in hiding since then, the source said. It wasn't immediately clear if French authorities had played a role in the escape, how many kidnappers were involved, or where they are now. Han is reportedly the son of an aide of the once powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was considered the country's second most powerful man before he was executed in December on treason charges. South Korea's spy agency believes North Korea also used a firing squad to execute several people close to the uncle, South Korean lawmaker Shin Kyung-min said in October after attending a closed-door agency briefing.
Who was putting him on a plane back to North Korea....and who decided to rescue him at the airport.
Trying to figure out what is going on in the blackhole called North Korea....gives me headache.
Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at November 22, 2014 06:00 PM
Posted by: Mohammed pork be upon him at November 22, 2014 09:36 PM
Since the analog-to-digital TV signal conversion, I've been watching a fair amount of the [South] Korean Broadcasting System's KBS World programming. They broadcast these serial "historical" dramas about Korea's unification and emergence that I particularly enjoy as they usually include an ample hoppy-choppy, slivey-dicey fix.
Based on those programs and the couple of books I've read about Korean history, I've long been skeptical about the "strongman" theory of North Korean politics. Those dramas routinely have plots that involve the King and his court and his family and the nobles and the merchants and the scholars all jockeying for some kind of control or advantage and the peasants and the slaves trying to stay out of the storm. When I add to that that even if Kim the First had a whole bunch of "strongman" genes, wouldn't they be somewhat watered down times two in whatever the procreative process is over there?
So, I still take all that North Korean "strongman" with a grain of salt. It may be the case but it may be another 50 or 100 years before we actually know. In the meantime, maybe takes the day.
Posted by: 11B40 at November 22, 2014 09:54 PM
Posted by: Paladin at November 23, 2014 05:22 PM
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