Donald Trump discussed Kim Jong-un’s execution of General Jang Song-thaek during his interviews with journalist Bob Woodward, boasting the North Korean despot “tells me everything”
Kim Jong-un displayed his uncle’s head after executing the powerful general and other family members by firing squad, according to Donald Trump.
The US President boasted to veteran journalist Bob Woodward the North Korean despot “tells me everything” during a series of interviews.
In the Washington Post associate editor’s new book Rage – compiled following a series of recorded interviews as well as access to private correspondence – Trump claimed Kim described how he murdered his uncle in a “graphic account”.
General Jang Song-thaek was subjected to a firing squad on his dictator nephew’s orders, while earlier reports suggested his body was then stripped naked and fed to dogs.
Kim Jong-un then reportedly put his uncle’s head on display for others to see.
The general’s aides were then executed using anti-aircraft guns, while his family is also understood to have been killed under Kim’s orders.
Jang had briefly taken temporary charge of North Korea after Kim’s father Kim Jong-il fell ill before dying in 2011.
During his phone calls with Woodward, some of which have been released prior to the book going on sale next week, Trump had high praise for the controversial leader.
And in a letter shown to the journalist, most famous for his investigation into the Watergate scandal, Trump had asked Kim: “Do you ever do anything other than send rockets up to the air?
“Let’s go to a movie together. Let’s go play a round of golf.”
He went on to describe Kim’s reluctance to eradicating his nuclear programme in terms of when someone is in “love with a house and they just can’t sell it”.
Trump also showed Woodward loved up letters from Kim in which he described the president as “Your Excellency” and gushed about a time they held hands.
The two world leaders’ first meeting at the Singapore Summit in June 2018 marked the first time a serving US president had met with a North Korean leader.
Specifics about the meeting were sparse and a follow-up in February 2019 saw further stalemate as the US called for North Korea to completely give up its nuclear weapons while Kim demanded swift sanctions relief.
Critics claim the summits were of little substance other than political point scoring for the Trump administration, while others suggest the encounters served as platforms to give the despot legitimacy with little progress in disarmament.