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North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un reportedly narrowly swerved an assassination attempt after a fishing boat was found carrying rebels who were trying to kill him.
The vessel was located by the South Korean authorities and it was discovered with dissidents on board, according to the former chief of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces.
Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano claimed the ship was carrying North Korean military officers who had tried to kill Kim.
The former chief of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, told the Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai about the assassination attempt.
He explained the ship was carrying North Korean military officers who had tried to kill Kim in December 2018.
At the time the incident was not widely reported as other issues dominated the headlines including the dispute between a South Korean warship and a Japanese patrol aircraft.
Japan insisted the South Korean ship had targeted the Japanese aircraft with a radar.
Mr Kawano claims the assassination attempt happened in the Wonsan-Kalma region, on the opposite coast to the capital Pyongyang and on the Sea of Japan.
He said the South Koreans deployed a guided missile destroyer after receiving information on the plot from the North via the newly established inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong, near the border.
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The North Koreans requested the boat to be returned but those on board were fleeing the regime following a foiled plot.
Mr Kawano said: "Attempts by the North Korean military to assassinate chairman Kim Jong-un in the Wonsan-Kalma region had been unsuccessful. Four people escaped that day and were headed to Japan by sea."
North Korean dictator Kim used to regularly visit the Wonsan-Kalma region of the country where a beach resort was being built before the coronavirus pandemic begun.
It is believed the tubby tyrant has a constant fear of being assassinated by one of his many enemies.
His paranoia has seen him order the executions of many real and perceived foes, including relatives.
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