HE’S been labelled a dictator, power hungry and brutal.
Now Kim Jong-un has another moniker to add to his list of nick names — the Hitler of Asia.
A South Korean politician has called for the world to take drastic action on Kim Jong-un, describing him as a “potential 21st century Hitler with nuclear weapons”.
Ha Tae-kyung, of the Saenuri Party, reportedly told South Korean radio YTN that it was time President Park Geun-hye came up with a plan to eliminate Kim Jong-un for the sake of world peace.
“We have to be determined to carry out Kim Jong-un’s termination and if we make it so, we only have four to five years to carry out the plan,” the report translated on nknews.org reads.
“If such a plan is not carried out in time, Kim Jong-un may be the 21st century’s Hitler with the nuclear weapons in his hands.
“Terminating Kim will make everyone happy, 70 million Koreans will be happy and so will China and Japan as well. Then why shouldn’t we carry it out?”
The stinging attack comes just days after North Korea launched a long-range rocket in a move that was widely condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test.
The act further escalated tensions with South Korea, which was already on high alert following Pyongyang’s announcement last month that it had carried out a “successful” hydrogen bomb test — its fourth nuclear blast.
“Let the world look up to the strong, self-reliant nuclear-armed state,” Kim wrote in what North Korean state TV displayed as a handwritten note at the time.
“Let’s begin the year of 2016 … with the thrilling sound of our first hydrogen bomb explosion, so that the whole world will look up to our socialist, nuclear-armed republic and the great Workers’ Party of Korea!”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the move clearly violated UN Security Council resolutions and was a grave challenge against international efforts for non-proliferation.
North Korea’s military has again come under the spotlight as the country looks set to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Jong-il tomorrow with a satellite launch.
Human Rights Watch said a planned satellite launch set to mark the occasion should not take away the grave violations and abuses carried out during Kim Jong-il’s rule.
Kim Jong-il ruled North Korea for 17 years following the 1994 death of his father, Kim Il-sung, the founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Kim Jong-un took over the role following his father’s death in 2011.
According to HRW, Jong-il’s birthday is far from a celebratory event.
The human rights group said the military first policy introduced under his rule had devastated the secretive nation, with resources poured into this area at the expense of its own people.
Deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch Phil Robertson said the only worthy commemoration of Kim Jong-il’s legacy would be for his son to immediately halt ongoing abuses and provide reparations to all victims.
“No one should forget that dictator Kim Jong-il presided over one of the world’s most repressive and abusive governments in the world, ruling by fear and prioritising power at all costs, even when his people were starving,” he said.
Kim Jong-il developed and entrenched many of the state policies that have provided the environment for rights abuses, including the “Supreme Leader,” or suryoung, system that gives absolute power over the state, party, and military.
He also introduced the “Military First,” or songun, policy, which assured the military the lion’s share of the scarce resources and food in the country, Mr Robertson said.
North Korea’s government-run food distribution system collapsed between 1993 and 1995, during what became known as the Arduous March, leaving up to 3.5 million people dead.
HRW also said North Koreans suffered other incredible abuses under their previous leader’s rule including limiting his peoples’ movements as well as freedom of movement.
The kwanliso or political prison camps were also introduced during this term with thousands being subjected to torture and sexual abuse by guards, near-starvation rations, backbreaking forced labour in dangerous conditions, and execution.
All have continued under the current leader’s rule.
“In the case of Kim Jong-un, the fruit has not fallen very far from the tree in terms of repressive rule,” Mr Robertson said.
“Instead of celebrating his father’s birthday, the country should be mourning the human catastrophes the Kim family has spawned.”