Lee Young-guk, an ex-bodyguard for Kim Jong-il, has shared his observations on Kim Jong-un after claiming to have seen him “many times” when he was around the age of six or seven.
Speaking of Kim Jong-un while he was a child, Mr Lee said: “His personality was explosive. When he was angry, he acted without considering the consequences.”
According to Lee, Kim Jong-un was an equally tempestuous and stubborn character during his childhood.
Speaking of Kim Jong-un an interview with ABC, he said: “He was quick-tempered.
“He doesn’t care about what others think. He doesn’t feel sorry for other people. He does whatever he wants. He would yell at the ladies. He was like that.”
Under the 17-year reign of Kim Jong-il, Lee was tasked with observing Kim Jong-un and his half-brother, Kim Jong-nam.
Kim Jong-nam, who was killed in a suspect chemical attack in Malaysia in 2017, was given preferential treatment by their father, who was grooming him as his successor.
Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, was kept out of the public eye and led a life of obscurity, Lee said.
He said: “He was stressed and had no one to play with his own age.
“There were only adults, who educated and played with him.”
As adults, Kim Jong-nam fell out of favour and is believed to have been assassinated by his half-brother due to his criticism of the regime.
Lee did eventually attempt to escape North Korea but was caught and kidnapped in China and returned to North Korea.
He was sent to a labor camp in 1995 and was tortured there.
While in the camp, his captors whipped his legs and knocked out his teeth, he said.
The former bodyguard for the North Korean regime is now applying for asylum in Canada after managing to escape to China in 2002.