December 15, 2013

How Will N. Korea Execution Play Out?

Akira Nakano, Asahi Shimbun

The Associated Press

Kim Jong Un was following in the family tradition of eliminating potential political threats with the swift execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, long considered the de facto No. 2 leader in North Korea. Kim Jong Un's action must have sent a strong message to those who do not agree 100 percent with his policy stances. However, experts said Jang's abrupt departure likely will lead to a sense of resignation among ordinary North Koreans that their leader is just as ruthless as his father, the late Kim Jong Il.

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