Dec 13

“Bottom line: if you don’t like your uncle, you can execute your uncle.”


“Despicable Human Scum” Uncle Of Kim Jong-Un Executed For “Attempting To Overthrow The State” (ZeroHedge, Dec 12, 2013):

The good news: there are always greater banana republics out there, somewhere, if one only looks hard enough.

With some epic, if purely unwarranted, humor here is KCNA’s account:

Pyongyang, December 13 (KCNA) — Upon hearing the report on the enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the service personnel and people throughout the country broke into angry shouts that a stern judgment of the revolution should be meted out to the anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional elements. Against the backdrop of these shouts rocking the country, a special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security was held on December 12 against traitor for all ages Jang Song Thaek.

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Dec 13

North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle executed (Reuters, Dec 12, 2013):

North Korea said on Friday the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, has been executed for treason, the biggest upheaval since the death of Kim’s father two years ago.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said Jang Song Thaek had been executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason, only days after he was stripped of all posts and expelled from the ruling Workers’ Party.

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Dec 25

Uncle Jang emerges as real power in North Korea (Independent, Dec. 22, 2011):

North Korea’s anointed “Great Successor” Kim Jong-un will have to rule from under the thumb of an uncle widely regarded as “the regent” who is both coaching him on how to govern, and telling him what to do.

That is the view of South Korean analysts as Kim Jong-il lies in a glass coffin in Pyongyang and weeping mourners file by for a last glimpse of the man who ruled North Korea for 17 years before dying last Saturday.

Behind the scenes of mourning, a backstage plan to ensure a smooth transition of power has thrust Jang Song-thaek into the spotlight. The brother-in-law of the former leader is thought to wield the most power in the new North Korean administration and is joined by his wife Kim Kyong-hui, and the highest ranking military commander, General Ri Young-ho in the country’s most powerful decision-making group.

Ha Tae-keung, director of a small short-wave radio station that broadcasts news into North Korea for two hours a day, believes Jang exercises the most power of all of those now scheming for influence in this time of transition.

“It’s not a junta,” Mr Ha said. “One person has the most power, and that’s Jang.”

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