It sounds like the uncle was preparing a coup, and the written reason for his firing nearly came out and said that (i.e factionalism).
There is no specific reason North Korea needs to sell off their gold reserves because they mine a fair amount. This story has been in the wind for several months.
I wonder if there is a market for artillery and shells? I have heard that they have one of the world’s largest supply.
Probably few countries would want it tho.
Citizens uneasy at news of purge
In the international commodities market No one will take their play money any more. When they need a boatload of wheat they pretty much have to trade for it. Nuke stuff doesn’t always work because no one else can spend that, at least the guys who have wheat to sell can’t use it. At least that’s easy to turn into cash. My point of interest is where the flock do the Norks actually keep their spare gold? Singapore? Hong Kong? Certainly not New York. I guess the First National Bank of Peeyongyang is not a busy place?