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Defending the Brand

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North Korea accused the CIA of trying to kill Kim Jong-un with a “biochemical weapon” while he attended ceremonial duties.  A futile effort Pyongyang said, dismissing any attempts against Kim as a pipe-dream

The North’s Ministry of State Security released a statement saying “the last-ditch effort” of U.S. “imperialists” and the South had gone “beyond the limits”. …

Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern that North Korea might conduct its sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

The full translated text of the North Korean allegation provided by the BBC details an attack planned during what was then the Obama administration. “The murderous demons of the IS who conspired with the CIA ideologically corrupted and bribed a DPRK citizen surnamed Kim, the then worker of the timber industrial branch in the Khabarovsk Territory of Russia in June 2014, and turned him into a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK.”

It goes on to describe how North Koreans were bribed and brainwashed into attacking their dear leader.

They hatched a plot of letting human scum Kim commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership during events at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and at military parade and public procession after his return home.

They told him that assassination by use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance is the best method that does not require access to the target, their lethal results will appear after six or twelve months, bio-chemical substance can be added in cooperation with the CIA if one single correct information is obtained, the component of terrorism-purposed bio-chemical substance is the know-how of the CIA and it is only the CIA that can produce such substance, and that hardware, supplies and funds needed for committing terrorism against the supreme leadership will completely be borne by the IS. Then they handed him over 20 000 U.S. dollars on two occasions and a satellite transmitter-receiver and let him get versed in it.

In January, May, August and September of 2016 IS agents had satellite contacts with Kim who resided in Pyongyang. The IS agents gave instructions to choose and report the most effective and safe method with high probability of success while presenting him various terrorist methods using biochemical substances along with operational code of terrorism against the supreme leadership, the ways of bribing an object who would directly carry out the terrorist act and ways of entering the grounds of events.

On August 12, 2016 they gave him an instruction to collect and send as much information as possible concerning the surrounding environment of event ground where celebrations are held frequently, guard situation there and orders observed at times of events, saying that once concrete and detailed data are given, they would study the most reasonable way in cooperation with the CIA.

Urging him to set up an overseas liaison center for the safe introduction of equipment, materials and fund for the terrorist acts, they financed him 100 000 U.S. dollars on two occasions for setting up the center and bribing terrorist accomplices.

In March and April last an IS agent Jo Ki Chol and his secret agent Xu Guanghai, director general of the Qingdao NAZCA Trade Co. Ltd., met the terrorist accomplice in Dandong of China and handed him over new satellite transmitter-receiver and 50 000 U.S. dollars. They signed a “contract” on setting up the overseas liaison center and let the necessary equipment and materials be introduced as the first instalment in early May.

On April 7 a guy surnamed Han, chief of the IS team, taught Kim the way of bribing terrorist accomplices, saying that “even the U.S. CIA uses gradual engagement with due consideration given to the greed and mentality of persons depending on which class and strata they belong” and told him to use it as a reference in engaging terrorist accomplices to be infiltrated to the event ground.

On Nov. 4, 2016 and on April 13, 17 and 20 this year they let Kim know that they officially confirmed the types of bio-chemical substance and hardware to be used for committing terrorist act against the supreme leadership and requested it to the CIA, and instructed him to restudy the “creed” of the terrorist executor and reconfirm the state of “brainwashing” of him and report about them. They also repeatedly instructed him to take the best measure for the examination and preparations for the terrorist operation, as there can be such catastrophic incident as a war once the fact about terrorist means and funds provided by the IS is known.

Pyongyang’s account depicts Kim as the pivot of history against which the energies of his powerful yet impotent enemies are fruitlessly directed.  It has a strangely anachronistic feel, blending elements of the near present, such Kim Jong-nam’s sarin death in Malaysia and Day of the Sun celebration with relatively old 2016 plots by lumbermen working in Russia, all wrapped prose straight out of the Stalinist 1930s.

The time jump conveniently allows Kim to blame America for the plot, but to assign actual planning to Obama, thus partly relieving him of the obligation to retaliate against Donald Trump.

Kim’s narrative centrality stands in stark contrast to recent events, such the two back to back missile failures which have tended to portray him as a tinpot dictator.  That would be dangerous for a man who rules as a dynastic brand.  Kim Jong-uns haircut is as trademark Mao’s jacket, Che’s Beret, Ho’s mustache and Colonel Sander’s string tie.  It’s instant recognition following the principle that you’re not a proper Communist strongman or fast food brand until they can stencil your likeness on a t-shirt or souvenir mug without further elaboration among the people.

To get back into the game after his recent embarassments Kim had to earn some respect as defined in the thug world, otherwise his followers would start to laugh at him.  What better and cheapter way to earn respect than release a story portraying him as a mighty rock against which the waves of all enemies break harmlessly?  The problem is the tale may not restore Kim’s prestige at all.  Then what does he do for an encore?

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