North Korea threatens to kill authors of report claiming Kim Jong-un handed out copies of Hitler's Mein Kampf
North Korea has threatened to kill the authors of a report claiming Kim Jong-un used Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf as a leadership guide.
The article by New Focus International, an online news portal run by North Korean defectors, said Mr Kim gave copies of the German Nazi dictator's manifesto to his top officials.
The report, sourced to an unnamed North Korean official working in China, said the translated copies were handed out at the time of Mr Kim's birthday in January.
"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," the source was quoted as saying.
Mr Kim also stressed that sports had played a key role in cementing unity and spreading Nazi ideology in Germany, and called for policies to encourage sporting activities among North Koreans, the source said.
The report was picked up by all major South Korean newspapers on Wednesday.
But the North's police agency later called the report a "thrice-cursed crime" aimed at belittling its leader, and threatened to kill the "human scum" behind the article.
"We are... determined to take substantial measures to physically remove despicable human scum who are committing treasons," it said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
"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."
It also vowed to launch "merciless punishment of justice" against Seoul and Washington, accusing the two nations of encouraging the defectors to defame its ruler.
PHOTO: Mein Kampf was written in 1924 while Adolf Hitler was languishing in a Bavarian prison (AFP: Carl De Souza)
Mein Kampf, which translates to English as My Struggle, was written in 1924 while Hitler was being held in a Bavarian prison before becoming a German leader.
It is both a vicious anti-Semitic tract and rambling memoir.
The Kim family dynasty has ruled North Korea with an iron fist for more than six decades.
Mr Kim took over the isolated communist state after the death of his father Kim Jong-il, in December 2011.
North Korea condemns Hitler Mein Kampf report
The report said Kim Jong-un believed North Korea should draw lessons from the Third Reich
North Korea has condemned a report that its leader, Kim Jong-un, gave out copies of Adolf Hitler's memoir Mein Kampf to officials on his birthday.
The report, from a news website run by North Korean defectors, said that senior officials were given the book as a gift in January.
North Korea has denounced the defectors as "human scum" and threatened to kill them.
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf in 1924 while in prison.
The book, which translates in English as My Struggle, outlines his early life and racist views.
News portal New Focus International wrote the original report, citing an unnamed North Korean official in China.
"Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuild Germany in a short time following its defeat in WWI, Kim Jong-un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it," the source reportedly said.
North Korea's Ministry of People's Security, which is responsible for policing, issued an angry response which was carried by the country's official news agency, KCNA.
It dismissed the report as a "smear campaign" written by "a handful of human scum... moving desperately to deter [North Korea's] progress".
The defectors were being used by South Korea and the US, it went on.
The ministry was determined to "physically remove [the] despicable human scum who are committing treason", the statement added.
The two Koreas remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean war ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
Ties between the two are currently very tense in the wake of Pyongyang's 12 February nuclear test.
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