Sabotage? Derailed Train Carried Gifts for Kim Jong Un

Seoul radio cites suspicion of foul play
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2010 1:23 PM CST
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un attends a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, Oct. 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

(Newser) – A train full of birthday presents en route to North Korea’s heir derailed this month—but was it a simple accident, or sabotage? A South Korean radio station that often cites Northern sources reports that a train departing from Sinuiju and headed for Pyongyang derailed on Dec. 11, creating an "emergency situation." The station's source noted that track wear could have been the problem, reports Reuters, but said that "the extent of damage to the tracks and the timing of the incident points to a chance that someone intentionally damaged the tracks.”

"It's highly likely that it was someone who is opposed to succession to Kim Jong Un, " added the source.

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