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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stunner - Kim Jong-un Executes Uncle Jang

This is stunning news from North Korea. (See second article below). This is not a good sign. While we can only conjecture what has really taken place between Kim and his uncle, it takes a serious amount of ruthlessness to execute your mentor and relative. What will happen now to the rest of Jang's family and friends? What does it mean for a peaceful resolution to the never-ending war with South Korea?

North Korean state media say Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un's uncle, has been executed, calling the leader's former mentor "worse than a dog."
Kim Jong-un and his uncle Jang Song Thaek

The announcement early Friday comes days after Pyongyang announced that Jang Song Thaek had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading a "dissolute and depraved life."

Jang was considered the second most powerful official in the North. He was seen as helping Kim Jong-un consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago.

Jang was the latest and most significant in a series of personnel reshuffles that Kim has conducted in an apparent effort to bolster his power.