Kim Jong-un's brother missing after attending Clapton Concert
May 25, 2015-
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's brother Kim Jong-chol did not show up on a flight manifest after attending two Eric Clapton concerts in London last week, The Korea Times reports.
Kim Jong-chol, 34, who is known to be a huge Clapton fan, showed up at the concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, surrounded by bodyguards the BBC reported.
But he has not been seen publicly since. He was expected to fly from London to Moscow, then on to Beijing and eventually to Pyongyang. But his name was not on the registry for the flight leaving London, according to The Korea Times, an English language newspaper published in South Korea.
The Clapton concert was the first time Kim Jong-chol has been seen in public since his younger brother assumed power after the death of their father, Kim Jong-il in late 2011.
Kim Jong-un has a history in his short time in power of eliminating his political foes, including family members. North Korean defense chief Hyon Yong-chol was reportedly blown to pieces by an anti-aircraft gun for falling asleep at a meeting, among other charges.
Kim Jong-un is the youngest of three male children of the late Kim Jong-il. The oldest brother, Kim Jong-nam reportedly lost his chance to succeed his father after attempting to visit Tokyo Disneyland with a fake Dominican passport in 2001.
A 2009 Newsweek article says Kim Jong-nam "seems more concerned about acquiring, or at least wearing, bling. He has been seen in Macau sporting Armani caps, and Bur-berry and Polo Ralph Lauren shirts and sunglasses."
Kim Jong-chol was reportedly seen as not manly enough by his father.
According to Newsweek, he wrote a poem in high school titled "My Ideal World," that began, "If I had my ideal world I would not allow weapons and atom bombs anymore. I would destroy all terrorists with the Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme. I would make people stop taking drugs."
Kim Jong-un, on the other hand was always his father's favorite, and was allowed to drive a Mercedes 600 at age 7.
"He was also allowed to drink alcohol and dressed in a military uniform from an early age," the description continues. "At 12, after his younger sister had the temerity to call him 'brother,' he demanded that she call him 'General Comrade.' He was concerned for his people, after a fashion. When he turned 18 he supposedly said, 'I get to ride Jet Ski and enjoy watersports, Rollerblading, and horse riding. But what are ordinary people doing?'"
Published: 25-05-2015 17:21
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