Tuesday, December 3, 2013

North Korea's Second Most Influential Man Is Purged From Power And His Close Aides Are Executed

Kim Jong-un's Uncle Jang Song-thaek Out, Close Aides Executed -- Arirang News

To the surprise of many, Jang Song-thaek, who has been regarded as the second most influential man in North Korea since state leader Kim Jong-un took power, has reportedly been knocked out of multiple high-ranking positions.

Seoul's National Intelligence Service made an emergency report to the National Assembly Tuesday afternoon, saying that Jang had been overthrown, and two of his close confidants executed.

"Jang Song-taek's two aides Ri Yong-ha and Jang Su-gil were executed publicly in late November."

The two are said to have been executed on charges of plotting anti-communist party schemes against the Kim Jong-un regime.

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More News On The Ousting Of Kim Jong-un's Uncle Jang Song-thaek

Spies Say North Korea Leader’s Uncle Forced -- Epoch Times/AP
North Korean leader's power broker uncle ousted: South Korea -- Times of India/AFP
North Korean leader's uncle probably ousted, South Korean lawmakers say -- CNN
Kim Jong Un’s uncle ‘very likely’ removed from power -- Washington Post
North Korea powerbroker 'dismissed' -- BBC
North Korea's Kim seen behind sacking of powerful uncle -- Reuters
Seoul: Kim Jung Un Fires Uncle, Executes his Associates -- Voice of America
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un reportedly sacks his uncle Jang Seong-thaek, No. 2 man in regime -- CBS
Reports: Kim Jong Un’s Uncle Ousted From Leadership Role -- Time
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle is removed from powerful role and two of his associates publicly executed for corruption -- Daily Mail
North Korea dismisses top official Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Un's uncle -- Deutsche Welle
Powerful North Korean official purged from key role: reports -- Christian Science Monitor
Perhaps one purge too many for power behind North Korean throne -- Reuters
Profile: Chang Song-taek -- BBC

My Comment: This sacking is a huge surprise. Kim Jong-un was pushing for reform .... but it looks like the hardliners had other ideas. It is obvious that there is something more afoot happening in North Korea than what we know.

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