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Kim Jong-un’s revolutionary step against North Korean dynasty exposed

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North Korea recently admitted one suspected coronavirus case in a bombshell disclosure from Kim Jong-un’s rogue state. Little is known about the extremely secretive regime and much of the news to leave the nation is highly censored. However, the COVID-19 confession could be considered a major departure from the approach of his predecessors, who famously covered-up scandals from the rest of the world. 

Kim Jong-un placed lockdown restrictions on Kaesong – a city that borders South Korea – in the first hint that the deadly pandemic may be present in the state. 

The announcement came months after other nations imposed regional lockdowns and started widespread testing, as the number of cases now exceeds 18 million worldwide.

Aside from the unfortunate ramifications of the confirmation from North Korea, one expert Chris Mikul believes it could mark a position change within the state.

He told Express.co.uk before the announcement: “Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung would have covered it up in the same way they denied famine in the country.

“However, Kim Jong-un is a little bit more liberal with the truth, he doesn’t try to cover up everything.

“For example, they had a missile test a while back and it failed – normally that would have been covered-up but they allowed it to be reported on the news.”

Others suspect the leader’s decision to announce a potential link to the pandemic – currently still unconfirmed – could be for other reasons. 

Patricia Kim, of the US Institute of Peace, believed Pyongyang’s intentions were “not entirely clear” and there could be “multiple motivating factors” behind them.

She felt it was “notable” that they “chose to publicise this particular case” and to then “declare a state of emergency” was unusual.

She told RFA Korean Service: “Pyongyang may be using the declaration of a state of emergency to rally citizens and to demonstrate the Kim regime’s efforts to control the virus.

“And it may also be signalling to the international community for assistance.”

Others have speculated that the decision to publicise a case in Kaesong – five miles away from the demilitarised zone (DMZ) with South Korea – and lock the area down could signify intent to heighten tensions with the neighbouring state yet again. 

KCNA news agency reported that the individual believed to be the coronavirus carrier was a defector who had “runaway” around three years ago. 

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They wrote: “A person who is suspected to have been infected with the vicious virus – returned on 19 July after illegally crossing the demarcation line.”

Mr Mikul, who penned the 2019 book ‘My Favourite Dictators’, believed disclosures from North Korea were symbolic of the leader’s education outside of the state.

While Kim Jong-un studied in Switzerland where he became a fan of basketball – which led to a friendship with US NBA star Dennis Rodman – and as a child was claimed to love Disney.

He is considered by Mr Mikul to be the “most westernised” ruler of the state to date – but cautioned, this should not be underestimated.

The writer told Express.co.uk: “They are opening up a little and revealing cracks into their own psyches by doing things like that.

“It’s not enough to jeopardise their power but there are little moments where they can seem to be human rather than monsters.

“It’s not something that is a usual trait with dictators, as most are impervious to self deprecation or inflection.”



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