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Family feud, North-Korea style?

posted at 11:10 am on December 13, 2013 by

This is like watching the unfolding of some sort of freakish dynastic throwdown in a bloody Greek tragedy, except with nukes. Even North Koreans aren’t in the habit of executing members of their own ruling family, and whether this is part of a personal vendetta or a power struggle — or both — isn’t quite clear.

Jang Song Taek, the uncle by marriage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was executed for attempting to seize power for himself, the official news service reported early Friday.

In a rambling report, the Korea Central News Agency denounced the “despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog,” and said he had attempted to “overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power.”

The execution, after a trial this week by a military tribunal, is the most public purge of a top echelon official in North Korea in decades and raises concern about the increasingly erratic leadership of 30-year-old Kim Jong Un, believed to be the world’s youngest head of state. …

He was widely considered the second-most important person in the country and had installed numerous relatives and cronies in key positions in the government and military.

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Something tells me this ends with the young Kim, alone in a barricaded throne room, trying to hold off his own military officers.

I sure as hell hope China is up to what comes next…

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

So he scratched the uncle, the former top general, and I guess his auntie will be placed under house arrest soon.

Punchenko on December 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

A good site for NK watchers:

http://nkleadershipwatch.wordpress.com/

Punchenko on December 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The Uncle was also mentor to Fatboy.

The guy family accountant defected the week before they got the uncle.

workingclass artist on December 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Say what you will about Caligula, but at least he knew how to take out his relatives with style. A bullet in the night? This Kim Clan has no class at all – they’re an embarrassment to megolamaniacal dictators everywhere.

Now, if he had first forced his uncle to proclaim him a “god” after watching lil’ Kim do a midnight improvisational dance routine while dressed as a ballerina, that would have been something. Even better if he had thrown in a modern twist with a nod to Hollywood, something involving ill-tempered sea bass with friggin’ laser beams strapped to their heads. Now that would REALLY have been something!

C’mon, Kim, ya gotta do these things with some real style if you want to make the history books.

Tom Servo on December 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Well Tom there was the general that had to stand on the “X” and have the missile make a direct hit. That was kind of impressive. And murdering the entire band that used to canoodle with his wife had to register some points. But I agree, I didn’t hear about anything that deserves our attention from this particular snuffing.

DanMan on December 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Dennis Rodman analysis to come…

mankai on December 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

He … had installed numerous relatives and cronies in key positions in the government and military.

I’m glad nothing like that ever happens here…

Kafir on December 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM

We’ll know they’re up to western standards when these people start committing suicide on park benches.

TexasDan on December 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

A good site for NK watchers:

http://nkleadershipwatch.wordpress.com/

Punchenko on December 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I can’t stop looking at that country. It’s like a slow motion train wreck.

NavyMustang on December 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

I sure as hell hope China is up to what comes next…

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

China IS what’s coming up next…

Ace ODale on December 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM

The surest clue that an inbred dictator is going over the edge is when he starts capping his own chain of command.

It’s usually followed by somebody he missed capping him.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Hurry on over there Mr. Rodman.

2Tru2Tru on December 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

The surest clue that an inbred dictator is going over the edge is when he starts capping his own chain of command.

It’s usually followed by somebody he missed capping him.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

You got that right.

Gebirgsjager on December 14, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Come on. Jang had it coming. Ever body in Norkland said he was ‘worse than a dog.’

BigAlSouth on December 14, 2013 at 7:55 AM

How was he executed? By mortar blast like another NK ex-general recently or submachine gun like Kim’s ex-fiancee? Kim has a flair for the dramatic in that regard. I doubt Jang got the easy way out with a single bullet.

roy_batty on December 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I hope the Secretary General of the United Nations sends North Korea a stern letter that the death penalty is a violation of human rights.

thuja on December 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Kim has a flair for the dramatic in that regard. I doubt Jang got the easy way out with a single bullet.

roy_batty on December 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I wonder if Dennis Rodman will look at him wrong and be strung up like the unfortunate guard in the movie Silence of the Lambs. Dennis could wear a full drag costume, with makeup, and feather boa.

Paul-Cincy on December 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

FWIW, I manage the Predictions market over at Strategypage.com, and there are a few predictions still open. The writers have done a good job of covering this topic. I have also stopped by nknews.org and thedailynk.com.

Basically, Thaek was an uncle by marriage, and has been on the outs with the family before. Kim’s aunt is the blood relative, and it’s unlikely that this would have been done (the execution, not simply a purge) without her approval. There is a rumor that Thaek had met with the oldest brother, and Kim suspected him of plotting an overthrow. Just stuff that’s being mentioned.

Now that Thaek’s loyalists are scrambling, there’s a real good chance that they will seek asylum in the south or in China (the Chinese are pissed. Thaek was very pro-Chinese, and wanted to institute some cautious free market reforms), which would give us the opportunity to glean some decent intelligence about what’s really going on up north, and where the skeletons are hidden.

My $0.02

RPL on December 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

This only demonstrates the moral superiority of our President. He doesn’t shoot people, he throws them under the bus.

Uncle Larry on December 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

RPL on December 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Bookmarked your page. Some good info.

avagreen on December 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

So he scratched the uncle, the former top general, and I guess his auntie will be placed under house arrest soon.

Punchenko on December 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The story is that the auntie, presented with “evidence” of extramarital affairs, agreed to his arrest and death.

unclesmrgol on December 14, 2013 at 9:54 PM

This only demonstrates the moral superiority of our President. He doesn’t shoot people, he throws them under the bus.

Uncle Larry on December 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

You mean, the one that proclaimed he was pretty good at killing people with drones? The one that likes to never let you forget, HE was the one that got bin Ladin?

There’s so damn many people under that bus, I’m amazed it hasn’t high-
centered yet.

BillH on December 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Hmmm . . . senior executive position open, huh? Are you thinking what I’m thinking: GENERAL Rodman!

SoRight on December 15, 2013 at 4:29 AM

If only the people of North Korea would rise up and overthrow their corrupt leadership. I know, I know, they are brainwashed from childhood onward. But then I never thought I would live to see the end of the Cold War.

SC.Charlie on December 15, 2013 at 7:02 AM

………..at least the people of North Korea have socialized medicine, KimCare.

SC.Charlie on December 15, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Jang Song Taek’s arrest, and execution, had little to do with a mere family squabble. That it took this long to eliminate him is what I find surprising.

coldwarrior on December 15, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Bush’s fault.

TimBuk3 on December 15, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Family Feud? Isn’t it more like “bipartisanship”? Out:Dissent In: Everyone do what the Dems…oops Dear Leader…says is goog.

Blaise on December 16, 2013 at 4:57 AM