Underground tunnels built for Kim Jong Un's escape to China

Lee Sang Yong  |  2015-12-22 15:31
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Underground passages to aid Kim Jong Uns escape in the event of an emergency are being built in the mountainous Jagang Province which lies upon North Koreas border with China. 

In a telephone conversation with the Daily NK on December 17, an inside source from North Hamgyong Province said, Deep in the mountainous regions of Jagang Province, there are a number of tunnels located hundreds of meters under the surface. The tunnels are for the exclusive use of Kim Jong Un in the case of an emergency. Its a sign that Kim is hedging his bets against a potential war. 

An additional source in Yanggang Province corroborated this news. 

He added, It is known that the tunnels are meant to serve only Kim Jong Un, his family, and his top aides. During the Korean War, the leadership was pushed all the way up to the Yalu River. The tunnels aim to prevent that sort of dangerous situation from arising, even in the event of a war.   

Aside from Escort Command personnel, nobody knows the precise location of the tunnels, he said, explaining the tight security exercised during construction. When the workers were transported to the tunnel locations to excavate, the windows were blacked out so they had no clue where they were going. When they emerged to do their work, they were blindfolded until they got to the construction site. 

The team that undertook this special construction was the 1st Brigade of the Korean Peoples Army Military Engineers. Kim Jong Un has such confidence and trust in this unit that they might even be called the Royal Brigade," the source asserted, noting how "the treatment they receive is proportionate to this nickname."

According to the source, Kim Jong Un is worried that with the sophistication of modern warfare, it is possible that he might be attacked at any time. For this reason, underground bunkers are reportedly installed at all the locations at which he spends a significant amount of time, including villas and offices. 

There are also escape routes planned at Pyongyangs Sunan International Airport and Nampo Harbor. In addition, there is an underground command center in the capital as well. 

There is even some talk that one of Kim Jong Uns villas connects directly with Jagang Province through underground tunnels. The reason for its existence is to prevent damage in the event of a war, but, obviously, it would really only help him," the source concluded.

*Translated by Jonathan Corrado

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