North Korean Defector Says Regime 'Crumbling'

Thae Yong Ho was number two in the North Korean embassy in London before he escaped with his wife and two sons arriving in South Korea in August.

Thae Yong Ho was number two in the North Korean embassy in London before he escaped with his wife and two sons arriving in South Korea in August."As long as Kim Jong Un is in power there'll be no chance for the world to improve the human rights

Senior politicians and business leaders in North Korea are expressing their discontent and turning away from Kim Jong-un's regime, the country's former ambassador to the United Kingdom has claimed.

Thae has said publicly that he fled the regime after becoming disenchanted with what he described as a "tyrannical reign of terror" by leader Kim in the world's most secretive nation. He explains it with a phrase that perfectly summarizes what is happening in his country, "We have to pour gas on North Korea and let the people set on fire".

Earlier this year, North Korea's top education official Kim Yong Jin was executed by firing squad after he exercised a "bad attitude" at the country's Supreme People's Assembly in June.

But Thae insists Kim will only talk on his terms, pointing to the leader's New Year's Address.

His disillusionment turned to despair after Kim, who inherited power from his late father Kim Jong-il five years ago, began ruthlessly purging officials, he added.

Thae defected to South Korea in August, the most senior North Korean official to defect in nearly 20 years.

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Thae Yong-Ho, former number two in the North Korean Embassy in the United Kingdom, said that the country's elite are increasingly opposing their leader, and the regime he leads.

However, the defector has also said that he believes Kim Jong Un's regime "one day would collapse by people's uprising".

A few days after his defection, an official statement released by state-run North Korean Central News Agency, described Thae as "human scum", claiming that he had been accused of leaking secrets, embezzlement and child rape.

Once "unthinkable" acts of low-level dissent or criticism were becoming more frequent. As we see, there are more and more voices that rebel to Kim Jong-un, and we will have to wait to know how this complex rebellion ends.

He called for continued global sanctions on Pyongyang and publicity campaigns to spread external information in the North and encourage its citizens into "popular uprisings".

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