N.Korean Bigwig 'Volunteered for Reeducation'

      March 16, 2016 11:42

      Choe Ryong-hae

      North Korean Workers Party secretary Choe Ryong-hae voluntarily subjected himself to a grueling course of reeducation last year because his son had been caught watching South Korean TV, a source claims.

      Choe, for some time regarded as the second most powerful man in the paranoid state, caused some head-scratching when he disappeared from public view for several months.

      Chung Sung-jang of the Sejong Institute in a press forum on Tuesday claimed Choe's eldest son was caught watching South Korean soaps by the State Security Department. Choe allegedly reported the misdeed himself to leader Kim Jong-un and volunteered to reeducate himself and his son.

      Chung credited "a well-informed source in the North."

      The Choes were sent to work on a collective farm before his recent rehabilitation.

      "This shows how good he is at protecting his son and displaying loyalty to Kim," Chung said. But it also testifies to a pervasive climate of fear in the regime as military hardliners reassert their steely grip.

      Chung added that Kim's younger sister Yo-jong seems to have married Choe's second son.

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