A High-Ranking Defector Says Kim Jong-Un Is Losing His Grip On North Korea

"We have to spray gasoline on North Korea, and let the people set fire to it"

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With all the insane politics going on elsewhere in the world, it's easy to forget that all-round terrible despot Kim Jong-Un is still knocking about in North Korea. But it would appear that his tyrannical reign isn't going as smoothly as he'd like.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in New York, Thae Yong Ho, the country's former deputy ambassador to London, said that the nation's elite were beginning to question Jong-Un's reign, saying: "North Korea is on a slippery slope."

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"When Kim Jong-un first came to power, I was hopeful that he would make reasonable and rational decisions to save North Korea from poverty, but I soon fell into despair watching him purging officials for no proper reasons," Thae said during his first news conference with foreign media on Wednesday, having defected the isolated nation in August 2016.

"Low-level dissent or criticism of the regime, until recently unthinkable, is becoming more frequent.

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"We have to spray gasoline on North Korea, and let the North Korean people set fire to it."

Technically still at war with its southern neighbour, North Korea is subject to UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes and regularly threatens to destroy the south and its main ally, the United States.

Rumours surrounding the secretive state and its leader are legendary, including stories of Kim Jong-Un mowing down dissenters with AK-47s and packs of dogs being set on military officials who have fallen out of favour.

Kim said during his New Year address that his country was "in the final stages" of preparing to test long-range missiles, a statement that was met with alarm from the American government.