DONALD TRUMP says Kim Jong-un displayed the head of his uncle after executing him and other family members in a powerful new book.
Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward alleges in his new book Rage – a series of interviews with the president – that Mr Trump boasted how the Hermit State leader “tells him everything”.
The account claims Kim’s uncle, General Jang Song-thaek, was killed by firing squad on orders of the dictator – with earlier reports suggesting his body was then stripped naked and fed to wild dogs.
Kim Jong-un then reportedly put his uncle’s head on display for others to see.
In Woodward’s book, the author wrote of 18 separate interviews he had with the president between December and July. In one such interview, the president recounted meeting Kim in Singapore in 2018.
Trump told Woodward he grew to admire the North Korean dictator, who told Trump about ordering the execution of his uncle and senior government official Jane Song Thaek in 2013, reportedly for being suspected of disloyalty to the current regime.
In December 2013, the North Korean regime announced they had executed Jang and called him “despicable human scum” for leading a “dissolute and depraved life” after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason and “attempting to overthrow the state.”
North Korean state media later went on to say Jang was found guilty for “such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state.”
“He began revealing his true colours, thinking that it was just the time for him to realise his wild ambition in the period of historic turn when the generation of the revolution was replaced,” the state-run media said, with reports alleging he was shot by machine-gun fire.
Trump divulged the politics behind his visits with the North Korean dictator.
Trump told Woodward the CIA had “no idea” how to handle the reclusive dictator, adding he dismissed intelligence officials’ assessments saying North Korea would never give up its nuclear weapons.
The president also said his three summits with Kim were no big deal when he decided to talk about lessening its nuclear stockload.
“It takes me two days. I met. I gave up nothing,” Trump told Woodward, offering an analogy of the country’s attachment to nuclear weapons as someone who loves their home and “they just can’t sell it.”
The president also gave Woodward 25 pieces of communication between himself and Kim, which the president described as “love letters.”
In two such letters, Kim addressed Trump as “Your Excellency” and used flowery language to describe their relationship.
“Even now I cannot forget that moment of history when I firmly held Your Excellency’s hand,” Kim wrote in a letter following their first 2018 meeting, “at the beautiful and sacred location as the whole world watched with great interest and hope to relive the honour of that day.”
Kim called Obama an “a–hole” in another letter he wrote to Trump. He then again called Trump “your excellency” when wishing him happy birthday. “I extend my sincere and warm regards to Your Excellency on the occasion of your birthday.”
Trump told Woodward the United States “would’ve been in a major war” if he was not the president. However, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis said Trump’s tweeting at Kim was “unproductive, childish and dangerous.”
At a White House press conference on Thursday, Trump said Woodward – who famously broke the Watergate scandal – is “somebody I respect” but said it was despite ”not knowing too much about his work, not caring about his work”.
Trump continued: “I did it out of curiosity because I do have respect and I want to see ‘I wonder whether somebody like that can write good’.
“I don’t think he can but let’s see what happens.”