State media images showed the North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un with a mysterious white stain on the arm of his coat, sparking fears his unlucky staff could be punished for failing to protect his dignity.
Death row inmate asks US government to allow his 19-year-old daughter to witness his execution.Images shared by state-run media outlet KCNA showed the North Korean tyrant with a mysterious stain on his arm, which sparked fears Kim’s staff could be punished for failing to protect his dignity in public.
Michael Madden, who studies developments in the Hermit Kingdom on his website – North Korea Leadership Watch – said those found responsible could be demoted or sentenced to hard labour in one of Kim’s infamous penal colonies.
He added that even the most severe punishment, execution by firing squad, couldn’t be ruled out.
Kim Jong-un’s guards’ face execution’ for letting him go out in a stained jacket.
“My initial reaction was OMFG,” Mr Madden said. “Personnel who have irritated the supreme leader are usually punished with demotions, hardship assignments or labour education.
“It is unlikely that anyone will get shot over something like this – unless the leader is feeling particularly mercurial. “But if he got angry about this, then a few people will probably get sent to a construction site or a farm for a month or two to think about this minor transgression.”
He added: “It is not unheard of to be sent away for execution. “There are accounts of the leader’s father, Kim Jong-il, had bodyguards and members of his personal staff sent to prisons and, in one case, to the firing squad for very minor offences.
“One unconfirmed story is that a personal staff member sat at his desk and smoked one of his cigarettes.
Kim Jong-il discovered this and had the man shot.” Mr Madden added that the culprit could excuse the leader’s wrath by penning a letter of apology.
He added that Kim could even let it slide because he is “far less prone to mood swings” or “emotional regulation” issues than his ruthless dad. Earlier this month, an intelligence agent faced firing squad after being caught using internet privileges to Google, the leader.
North Korea strictly curtails internet access to prevent its citizens from learning about the outside world, and agents can’t get online without permission from their handlers. Several agents from the regime’s secretive Bureau 10, which keeps watch on all internal and external electronic communications, were caught browsing the web without authorisation.
A ministry source told Daily that the one researching the country’s leader faces death by firing squad. NK, a newspaper based in neighbouring South Korea.
A Pyongyang source said the agents were ratted out by a Ministry of State Security colleague, thus prompting an inspection into their activity, which found the illicit research.
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