SEOUL – North Korea has angrily denied a report that its ruler used Adolf Hitler’s memoir as a leadership guide, and threatened to kill its authors.
The article by New Focus International, an online news portal run by North Korean defectors, said Kim Jong Un had given copies of “Mein Kampf” to his top officials, urging them to study it as a leadership manual. Kim handed out translations of the manifesto to select officials around his birthday in January, it said.
“Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuild Germany in a short time following its defeat in World War I, Kim Jong Un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it,” an unnamed North Korean official working in China was quoted as saying.
The story was picked up by all major South Korean newspapers Wednesday. But the North’s police agency called the report a “thrice-cursed crime” aimed at belittling Kim and vowed to kill the “human scum” behind the article.
“We are . . . determined to take substantial measures to physically remove despicable human scum who are committing treason,” it said in a statement. “Sordid human scum will never be able to look up to the sky nor be able to find an inch of land to be buried after their death.”