North Korea is far more than a run-of-the-mill dictatorship. It is a paranoid gangster state, enormously corrupt, with various factions always at odds as they jostle for power.
This much is basically public knowledge. But behind the scenes, even the supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, feels threatened. And there is apparently a feeling among the top leadership in North Korea that if Kim attends the Singapore summit with Donald Trump, the military will take advantage of his absence to stage a coup.
Citing sources familiar with the preparations, The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Kim was less concerned about meeting Trump than he was about what might happen at home in Pyongyang while he’s gone.
Kim is apparently concerned that the trip to Singapore may leave his government vulnerable to a military coup or that other hostile actors might try to depose him, sources told The Post. The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea since the country’s inception following the armistice in 1953.
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