The Malta Labour Party has some mighty fine friends. NBC News reports: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un had his uncle stripped naked and thrown into a cage with 120 dogs that had been starved for five days, while he and his brother watched with 300 officials

Published: January 3, 2014 at 11:10pm

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North Korean despot Kim Jong Un had his uncle – Jang Song Thaek, who was married to his father Kim Jong Il’s sister – executed a few weeks ago, but the method of his execution was not in the official state announcement.

Now NBC News has relayed today to the English-speaking world the facts as reported in the Chinese-language press.

Jang Song Thaek and his associates were stripped naked and thrown into a cage containing 120 dogs that had been starved for five days.

They were torn apart and eaten alive while Kim Jong Un and his brother watched the hour-long carnage with an audience of 300 officials.

Jang Song Thaek, who was considered Kim Jong Un’s second-in-command, had been subjected to a show trial on standard trumped-up charges of attempting to overthrow the state. The real reasons for his elimination are unknown.

Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, spent a considerable amount of time living in Malta in the 1970s as a guest of our vicious and not particularly intelligent prime minister Dom Mintoff, ostensibly to learn English. He was coached at the University of Malta, which was turning away Maltese students at the time, by Daniel Massa. Kim Jong Il’s father, the terrible North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, was one of Dom Mintoff’s grisly collection of ghastly friends – a veritable living Madame Tussaud’s of bloody dictators and murderous despots.

At the time, Dom Mintoff’s foreign minister, Alex Sceberras Trigona – now Joseph Muscat’s appointee as Malta’s representative at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva – had signed a secret ‘arms and military’ agreement with Kim Il Sung’s dictatorship to have Malta’s police and army trained by North Korean agents and supplied with arms by North Korea.

In the early 1980s, Mintoff paid a formal visit to Kim Il Sung in North Korea – a grand affair in which North Korean choirs were trained to sing ‘Ma taghmlu xejn mal-Perit Mintoff’ while a dance troupe twirled about to the tune.

Our current prime minister feels no differently. The Korean state news agency reported last year, when Kim Jong Il died:

Korean Central News Agency (12 April 2012):

Pyongyang, April 12 (KCNA) — The leader of the Malta Labor Party expressed deep condolences again over the demise of leader Kim Jong Il on behalf of the Party Central Committee and on his own behalf.

He met with Han Tae Song, DPRK ambassador to Malta, on April 3.

He was convinced that the Korean people would greet the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung with shining achievements in economic construction under the wise leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un, he said.

He hoped that everything would continue going well in the DPRK.

Satellite launch is a legitimate right of sovereign states, he said, expressing his will to work hard to expand the friendly relations between the Malta Labor Party and the Workers’ Party of Korea and between Malta and the DPRK in the political, economic, cultural and other fields.

Dom Mintoff with murderous despot Kim Il Sung in North Korea in the early 1980s.

Dom Mintoff with murderous despot Kim Il Sung in North Korea in the early 1980s.

17 Comments Comment

  1. C Falzon says:

    “They were torn apart and eaten alive while Kim Jong Un and his brother watched the hour-long carnage with an audience of 300 officials.”

    And then Kim and his 300 officials probably ate the 120 dogs for dinner.

    • manum says:

      I am sorry but I do not see anything amusing in your comment. This news is so macabre, that I can’t begin to imagine what those poor wretches felt when they were subjected to that horror and terror.

      This shows us all that evil does exist.

      The moment when these tyrants are removed from the world, the sooner the better. I am disgusted at anyone who befriends such monsters.

      • C Falzon says:

        It would be worrying if you were to find it amusing. Not sure why you seem to think it was meant to be, perhaps my poor writing skill is to blame.

  2. P Shaw says:

    Paranoia is the common denominator for dictators and old-guard socialists – Mintoff, Stalin, Brezhnev, George Vella, Kim Jong Un, and Kim Jong Il, just to name a few.

  3. Rahal says:

    The North Korean dictatorship is the political model which the Maltese socialist party always admired. It appealed to Mintoff because he was a vicious bastard too.

  4. Frank Scicluna says:

    So here’s a more believable account of this story from The Washington Post. As usual Daphne, you go with the version that suits you best!

    [Daphne – That’s not a ‘more believable account’, Mr Scicluna. It’s a debate as to the likelihood of that report being true. In any case, why would an old Mintoffian who’s been in Australia since I was born feel the need to stick up for Kim Jong Un and North Korea? You don’t even realize that far from disproving my point, you’re doing the opposite.]

    • Gahan says:

      Why would anyone bother defending a spoilt brat who is the equivalent of Gaddafi’s sons, and the Syrian president put together?
      This ruthless bastard already killed his girlfriend.

    • Frank Scicluna says:

      The very last thing I need to do is to “stick up for Kim Jong Un and North Korea” Daphne. This story MAY eventually turn out to be factual but at this stage there are a lot serious doubts. You have a duty to make your readers aware of the many question marks which have been raised about its validity.

      [Daphne – My readers are not Maltastar readers, Mr Scicluna. They do not need to be told what to think and how to think it.It’s a very different demographic. You’re only worked up, anyway, because I mentioned the relationship between your idol Dom Mintoff and that murderous oppressor, Kim Il Sung. Try justifying that.]

      • Frank Scicluna says:

        The view of Christopher Green, international editor at The Daily NK warned that mainstream media organizations had a tendency to reprint sensationalist stories on North Korea with little regard for truth.

        “Some news organizations do not check these stories out with people like Daily NK, and thus the sensationalism quotient is being slowly ratcheted down in some quarters. But most don’t, and not only do they not check, they don’t even WANT to check as that would require them to hold back on some stories. They cannot resist the clicks, as it were.”

        Those comments sound eerily familiar after seeing many of the stories that Daphne has a habit of running with!

        [Daphne – Declare your interest, Mr Scicluna.]

    • Tarzan says:

      In Korea, execution by dogs is known as “quan jue”.

      Since they have an expression to describe it, then it stands to reason that they are familiar/use/used it sometime.

      Jang Sung was attacked by Kim Jong with such fury that it is quite plausible that this was how he and his associates were murdered. This way, not only is his name and memory erased from Korea, but also his remains.

  5. Angus Black says:

    Joseph Muscat may yet live to regret his words of overflowing admiration for the North Korean regime.

    Alex Sceberras Trigona must be particularly elated by this story. It might even give him some ideas.

  6. Wistin Schembri says:

    Was this part of the training to the Maltese police by the North Koreans following Alex Sciberras’s Trigona’s agreement?

  7. Raphael Dingli says:

    I have no love for Nth Korea and its leaders – however it seems that this story came out of China and was meant to be satirical.

  8. Calculator says:

    So the story about the dogs was made up, but irrespective of method of execution, the death of the man still took place.

    Moreover, the fact that the worldwide media was ready to take a piece of satire about North Korea and take it as fact says a lot about their attempted isolation and our expectations of the horrors they are capable of. It begs the question: What difference is there between the exaggeration and the real in North Korea any more?

  9. kev says:

    I find this very hard to believe. Tyrants are usually very subtle in their actions.

    [Daphne – Oh indeed. Just like Pol Pot, Gaddafi and Ceaucescu, to say nothing of Chairman Mao.]

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