North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un, the son of the late ruler Kim Jong-Il, is running scared. He is targeting as many as 200 political opponents, all because the legacy that he and his father claimed of being descended from the Korean hero who led the 1930’s attack on the Japanese is now being questioned.
Kim-Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il’s father, was traditionally credited with being the man who led the Korean attack, and his son and grandson have used his legacy to reinforce their claim as the ruling dynasty in North Korea. But now it appears that Choe Hyon, the father of Kim Jong-Un’s uncle, Jang Song-taek, was the real hero. Jang Song-taek was executed by Kim Jong-Un last year.
Choe Ryong-Hae, Choe Hyon’s son, is currently joint chairman of the Politburo Presidium and political director of the North Korea People’s Army. With the new evidence of his father’s heroism, he is a genuine threat to Kim Jong-Un.
The 1937 attack made by Choe Hyon was on a Japanese base that was defending the town of Ponchonbo. The Asahi Shimbun reported on June 7, 1937, “A little more than 100 men lead by Communist bandit Choe Hyon attacked Pochonbo. One group attacked the local police station, while another group set fire to the whole village and plundered at will.” Another report stated, ‘They attacked and plundered private houses so Pochonbo village has been completely destroyed.’
Researcher Ken Kato told The Telegraph:
They set fire to schools and plundered from fellow Koreans, and it is fair to say they were robbers who were stealing from their own people. Kim Il-sung’s legitimacy came from propaganda that he fought against Japan, symbolised by the Battle of Pochonbo. The Pochonbo battle made the august name of the president serve as a beacon for the national resurrection for all the Korean people and the trust and reverence of the whole Korean nation for the president grew more profound.
Bu the KCNA news agency, part of the government-run media, is stonewalling the new evidence; it still calls Kim Il-Sung “the legendary hero of the anti-Japanese war.”