April 6th, 2013
08:34 AM ET

Who is the power behind North Korean leader?

Who really runs North Korea? Trading companies and the aunt and uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are part of the power structure behind the North Korean throne. Chris Lawrence reports.


Filed under: Kim Jong-un • North Korea
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  1. Efrain Bells

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    May 4, 2013 at 7:16 am | Reply
  2. Hrthukh Fthukht

    LITTLE KIMS DADDY DRESSED LIKE A YOUNGER WALT DISNEY

    April 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  3. Hftuk Khvfeth

    THATS WHERE THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS FROM THATS CREATIVE–ACTUALLY THE SQUARE IS LAYED OUT LIKE AN EVIL WALT DISNEY BUILT IT–SO WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU WERE BORN IN DISNEY WORLD WORKED IN DISNEY WORLD AND ATE IN DISNEY WORLD OOPS DISNEY WORLD DOES NOT HAVE FARMING OR GOOD FOOD CIRCA 1970s INFACT DISNEY WORLD ITS OWN WORLD IN FLORIDA WHICH IS SHAPED LIKE KOREA–HOW DO PEOPLE GET KICKED OUT OF DISNEY WORLD WOULD YOU GET BANNED FOR LIFE BY DISNEY's PRIVET SECURITY FORCE PROBABLY

    April 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  4. David

    Un's dad Kim Nukey..whatever his name is had the worlds largest collection of Daffy duck memorabilia .. now factor that into their tactics and the way they dress..I'm not joking!! The Freudian phallic issue pops up front and center or fails to pun intended.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
  5. Kgfjhgf Drirty

    ISREAL HAS THE BANKERS

    April 8, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
  6. Kgfjhgf Drirty

    )()Kim Jong-Un May Have Just Suppressed a Coup
    By John Hudson | Jul 20, 2012()()Ri Yong-ho was purged after he opposed Kim's attempt to takeover the North Korean economy, which has historically been under the control of the military. Lim reports that Kim sought to impose a series of agricultural and economic reforms that Ri opposed:()(

    April 8, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
  7. helenecha

    What if aunt and uncle etx. are? The more the pretty limited powers and opportunities under the dictator, the poor the world view and potential usually represents.

    Nevertheless, Kim Jong-un is the loved one of North Korean people. Oh, Gosh! Look, how sincerely does he love North Korean people? Are they now surrounded by a war under his decision?

    April 7, 2013 at 2:01 am | Reply
  8. Hrefhj Gutrgb

    )()CAN YOU SAY HOTEL GITMO WANABE: Pyongyang Sends Spies into South Korea to Assassinate Defector
    By Heather Horn | Apr 22, 2010()(

    April 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  9. Kdfgjl Frtyk

    )()ITS CHINAS BIG-TIME KHAN GAME. MORE PROOF IRAN NEEDS TO BE INVADED(()http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S2989136.shtml?cat=10728()(

    April 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Invade Iran??? Because No. Korea has gone nuts!!! The ONLY people on earth who wants to invade Iran is Isreal! Let Israel do it! Oh, they can't, they need the US to do their dirty work. Sorry, Israel, we are not going to do it for you!
      Good ole George W. is retired and living the good life!!! You missed your chance!

      April 7, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
  10. Dthuthj Bertyuj

    )()THIS IS HOT OFF THE PRESS: N. Korea warns diplomats as it welcomes tourists...Tour guide: Western visitors are having a good time in North Korea in spite of tensions. MORE PROOF THAT IT IS TIME TO INVADE IRAN()(I SAY: COME ONE COME ALL TO SEE THE GREATEST GOOSE STEP ACROSS A COMMUNIST SQUARE ON EARTH()(

    April 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  11. ?

    a standing war would be easy against them – when the mission is to destroy forces we get it done very very quickly –

    April 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  12. Ghkrthuk Fujbvvh

    SO WHAT YOUR ARE SAYING LENNON IS INVADING IRAN WILL PREVENT WWIII

    April 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  13. Nikita Khrushchev

    Does anyone remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? How the Soviets moved into place intermediate range missiles, and the ensuing blockade that almost started WWIII? We had CIA operatives crawling all over the island in the 60's, and it wasn't until 1992 (The collapse of the wall) we found out that the Soviets had 1st put into place Luna rockets or FROG-7 tactical devices in case of a US invasion of the island. The atomic warheads on the Soviet short-range rockets (FROGS) had a yield of 6 to 12 kilotons (the equivalent of 6,000 to 12,000 tons of TNT). The point is even with operatives in proximity of the threat, they didn't know that a more immediate threat was in place and ready to be used before the 1st intermediate range missile part arrived in Cuba. The ground commanders had launch authority without any further communications being required from the Soviet Command. Now alot has happened since then. including the crumbling of the Soviet Union, and many controls on their nuclear devices. Sure we are all watching the big MT devices, but many of the small KT devices remain unaccounted for to this day. Lets say that NK were to have acquired a dozen of those. Their small, and readily rocket mountable. Lets say you want to make a statement and say "Look at me, I have a nuclear capability myself!" You take one of your small devices, and mount it on your intermediate range missile and launch one. It detonates harmlessly in the pacific, and then you make your statement. Back off, relax the sanctions, or else... It would change everything... That could never happen though, because we are watching with satellites, spy planes, robot dogs, and whatever else we can use. Just remember, we had humans with boots on the ground within 1 – 2 miles of the launch sites in Cuba and it was 30 years later we found out just how close we came to getting our military personnel nuked ourselves! Never assume anything, and never underestimate you opponent.

    April 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  14. Mutr Gutfh

    REMEMBER CHINA DOES NOT NEED TO LIKE KOREA OR ANYONE ELSE CHINA COMMUNISTS ARE AFFRAID OF LOSING POWER AND MONEY LET NK GOOSE STEP ACROSS THE SQUARE REMEBER THE TARGET AUDENCE IS THE US AND IT IS A CLASSIC BAIT AND SWITCH PLOY– THIS IS JUST ONE MORE REASON WHY IRAN SHOULD BE INVADED

    April 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  15. Mark

    Here are my thoughts on both North Korea and Iran. I don't think that the US is so much worried about a nuke hitting a target in the US but more worried (and rightfully so) about an upper atmosphere detenation creating a wide spread EMP pulse. This would be much more damaging in the long run. It would not take alot of nukes to do the damage needed since we are all so dependent on our electronics and electrical grid. I know this bothers me just as much as a physical target being hit. Wonder what the pentagon would say to this if asked.

    April 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  16. Joseph McCarthy

    It should be the Communist Party itself. From what I hear, North Korea is being run more like an aristocracy. No true Communist state would ever abandon it's own people to hunger and keep generations of the same family in prison for alleged crimes against the state.

    April 6, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Well said, Joseph. How true that is! Unfortunately, most people are just too ignorant to realize what you said above as the truth!

      April 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  17. Pete

    Actually its probibly his fathers Jong Ils 4-5 deputies that are still stuck in a cold war mix up not ever changing with time since before the Korean war in the 50s..Plus as usual you get the relatives that have to stick their two cents in as well because in Asian families its impolite to ignore or not use the help or info from an elder,just politeness thats all..So Un has a lot of tugging going on trying to appease everyone because remember he's just a baby in his relatives eyes and most of posters here know I'm right..

    April 6, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply

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