New evidence from the 1930s indicate that it might have been someone else other than the grandfather of Kim Jong-Un who led a famous attack against the Japanese, an attack that has been claimed by Kim’s grandfather Kim Il-Sung that he led, so they could be the ruling family of North Korea.
If accurate, it would mean that someone else — not the son of Jong-il — would be the rightful heir to the communist North Korean state.
A report in the Asahi Shimbun dated June 7, 1937 says it was Choe Hyon, the father of Choe Ryong-Hae current joint chairman of the powerful Politburo Presidium and political director of the North Korea People’s Army, who actually led the attack. The report reads in part: ‘A little more than 100 men lead by Communist bandit Choe Hyon attacked Pochonbo. ….”
The grandfather of Kim Jong-Un, Kim Il-Sung, is documented in North Korea’s official history as the leader of this 1937 attack on the Japanese base defending the town of Ponchonbo, which helped him gain a foothold of legitimacy in the claim of leadership of the country.
So Choe Ryong-Hae has been singled out because of these newly-revealed records, amidst rumors that Kim Jong-Un is planning another purge to rid North Korea of some of its most powerful figures.
North Korea regularly changes its own country’s history, with children in the North being taught that the Korean War was started in 1950 by an invasion by the South, and that Kim Jong-il was born in a cabin on the slopes of Mount Paektu, when historians claim that the late leader was actually born in a refugee camp in the Soviet Union.