On the night of October 20, 1979, Kim Jong Il was talking to a group of officials. He was analyzing the discord within the Park Jung Hee regime and the struggle of the South Korean people against the Yushin dictatorship. He commented that the Park regime had a limited life.
The officials looked at one another in disbelief. The Park regime backed by the United States appeared to them to be very strong.
So, Kim Jong Il explained:
“In view of the acute contradictions and the developments in South Korea, something shocking is likely to happen. Park’s Yushin dictatorship seems to be approaching its Waterloo; the United States may even decide to remove its stooge.”
Six days later, Park Jung Hee was shot dead. The assassination was secretly planned by the CIA, yet Kim Jong Il had been able to predict the plot.
There are other examples of the accuracy of his predictions.
One November day in 1987, Kim Jong Il, in a talk with officials, expressed his view that the Soviet Union would reap a whirlwind from its “restructuring.”
Something would happen in the Soviet Union in the next few years if it continued to follow this road, he said. It seems to me, he continued, that the flag of socialism may be hauled down in that country, followed by a capitalist wind sweeping across it. Then the
country’s complex ethnic mix will become an issue. When the Gulf War broke out in January 1991, many people guessed, in view of Saddam Hussein’s grip on power, that the Iraqi army would not yield easily. However; Kim Jong Il predicted that the country would surrender within a few weeks.