Re-education for Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man?

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The right hand man of North Korean leader, Choe Ryong Hae, has not been seen for weeks now after failing to attend a top military chief’s funeral

Reports indicate that Kim Jong-un has purged Choe Ryong Hae, who dared to defy him, and sent this former inner circle cohort for “re-education”. Those sent for “re-education” are usually subjected to brutal psychological torture.

Speaking to CNN, Victor Cha, from the Centre for Strategic and International studies, said: “It’s not a country club, it is almost certainly a very grueling process where there is both mental and physical abuse.”

The reason why Choe Ryong Hae may not have suffered the same fate as many other high-ranking members of the regime who have stood up to the tyrant is that he is known as a “princeling” – the son of a North Korean revolutionary hero who fought the Japanese.

Choe Ryong Hae’s exile has been confirmed by South Korean intelligence officials. “Choe Ryong-hae is receiving education at Kim Il-Sung Higher Party School,” an official told Yonhap news agency.

[Daily Mirror]

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  1. Update: January 15, 2016 – After being out of the public eye for 3 months, the Korean Central News Agency reported that Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide of leader Kim Jong Un, just delivered a speech at an event held in the capital, Pyongyang. Choe, who was once viewed as one of North Korea’s most powerful figures, had not been seen in public since November, sparking rumors that he might have been purged. South Korea’s intelligence agency believes Choe underwent “re-education” during his absence, a lighter form of punishment than “purge”.

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