Skip to comments.With Jang executed, 'internal unrest' possible in N. Korea: CRS
Posted on 01/27/2014 5:00:09 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Yonhap News Agency January 27, 2014 9:00am
With Jang executed, 'internal unrest' possible in N. Korea: CRS
By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- Uncertainty about North Korea's regime has grown since the downfall of Jang Song-thaek, who was the country's second most powerful figure, a U.S. congressional think tank said.
Jang's demise in December indicates the "boldness" of young ruler Kim Jong-un, which could lead to more provocative and unpredictable actions in the future, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
"The chilling effect on the elite in Pyongyang could lead to internal unrest as those who considered themselves secure look for reassurance from other potential power bases," it said in a recent report, titled "North Korea: U.S. Relations, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Internal Situation."
The CRS pointed out the sudden purging and execution of Jang, Kim's uncle by marriage, was unusual because of his elite status and top-ranking posts.
It completed "nearly a total sweep of late ruler Kim Jong-il's inner circle, signaling Kim Jong-un's consolidation of authority in Pyongyang," said the CRS.
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Which raises the issue.
Was the extermination of Jang Song-thaek et al justified because of a real threat or was it merely paranoia?
If the unrest is real and significant then there may be political justification for the very old school purge
If there are concerns that the “king” is too young and erratic, taking out the older, powerful guy before he takes you out is reasonable to prevent your own purge.
You must be hallucinating
You know this dude has wives and children executed too?
He needs to go down
This reads like it’s written by people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
Please note the inclusion of the word “old school”.
Historically, since the beginning, the process to be followed was to eliminate the opposition to the very root.
If you are old school, the process is justified.
Modern society is new school. We Have Obama and he has daughters.
Besides, Kim wanted Jang’s money. The stories coming out of NK are that Kim's own slush fund was running low and he wanted to have control over all slush funds. Jang balked.
To make matters worse, well-fed Jang’ private army (securities for hard currency earning fishery enterprise) kicked the asses of regular soldiers whose size is three times of the former in military's attempt to take over the enterprise. Time was on Jang’s side. Jang’s power was gaining. I doubt that he plotted outright takeover when he was arrested, but Kim saw that it is only a matter of time before he is relegated to a mere figurehead unless he does something.
Another problem is that Jang took away lucrative hard currency earning enterprises from powerful military interests. He also took away things from other outfits. The aforementioned “Internal Affairs Troop” was taken away from Organization Guidance Department. He made a number of enemies. He capped Ri Yong-ho, a top military man known as the best field commander in NK at the time, and took over Ri’s cash cows.
So it is probably natural that Kim Jong-eun and these disgruntled elites teamed up to take Jang down.
Those “bubble hats” are way cool....
In other words
Chia Chub want more of his allowance like a kid right
Uncle had to pay LOL!
Hey tiger this was in LA Liars
Who Chia Chub suppose to be is he Jesse from Breaking Bad is he Walt
What is the Korean word for "downsizing?"
Un is doing what good dictators do, flatten the chain of command. Kim has learned well from Stalin.
Sounds like Kim took care of “all family business.”
A Korean Caligula.
There can be only un.