Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In His New Year's Address To The Nation North Korea Leader Hails Political Purge

North Korea's Kim Jong Un Lauds Purge Of Executed Uncle Jang Song Thaek -- CNN

(CNN) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday praised the recent purge of his uncle and former protector, saying it brought greater unity within the secretive, nuclear-armed state.

"In the seething period of the effort for building a thriving country last year, we took the resolute measure of removing the factionalists lurking in the Party," Kim said in a New Year's address, referring to the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

"As our Party detected and purged the anti-Party, counterrevolutionary factionalists at an opportune time and with a correct decision, the Party and revolutionary ranks were further consolidated and our single-hearted unity was solidified to the maximum," Kim said, according to the text of the speech carried by North Korean state media.

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More News On North Korea's Purge

Key quotations from Kim Jong-un's new year address --
North Korean leader says purge was a cleansing of 'filth' -- Reuters
N Korean leader Kim Jong-un hails execution of uncle -- BBC
North Korea: Kim Jong-un condemns uncle as 'filth' in new year address -- The Guardian
Kim Jong-un hails execution of his 'scum' uncle Jang -- The Australian/AFP
North Korea's Kim Jong Un says elimination of 'factionalist filth' strengthened nation -- NBC/AP
N. Korea’s Kim says purge of uncle the ‘correct decision’ -- Washington Post
North Korea's Kim Jong Un hails purge of uncle -- Deutsche Welle
North Korea leader says execution of uncle removed ‘filth’ -- Euronews
North Korean Leader Boasts of Unity After Bloody Purge -- Voice of America
North Korea: A New Year of strength? -- Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim, Christian Science Monitor/AP
Kim Jong-un strong for now -- Kim Tae-gyu/Jun Ji-hye/Nam Hyun-woo, Korea Times

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