Uncertainty after North Korea announces execution of leader's uncle
This file picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 15, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) applauding at the Unhasu orchestra concert at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth of late leader Kim Il-Sung, as his uncle, Jang Song-Thaek (L), looks on.
December 13th, 2013
08:50 AM ET

Uncertainty after North Korea announces execution of leader's uncle

By Jethro Mullen and Tom Watkins

As the shock sinks in of North Korea's extraordinary announcement of the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle and former protector, government officials and analysts are trying to decipher what the brutal move means.

The ruthless disposal of Jang Song Thaek - Kim's uncle by marriage who had, until recently, been regarded as the second-most powerful figure in the secretive, nuclear-armed nation - has serious implications for North Korea, its neighbors and the United States, observers said.

But exactly what is going on inside the notoriously opaque North Korea regime remains as murky as ever.

"We don't have a clear sense of this at all," said Victor Cha, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who represented the United States in nuclear talks with North Korea.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Ljhfdgy Utrfyuy

    DC is not the USA.

    December 16, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
  2. sparks2000

    Looks like the leader is consolidating his power-–good thing we don't run politics in america like them-–there would be nobody left alive in DC

    December 16, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
  3. Jryuiryu Jfhkfhk

    Lil Kims Uncle was a piece of work.

    December 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  4. Jryuiryu Jfhkfhk

    Kim Jong-un is ruthless and certainly unpredictable......UHM...NOT EXACTLT TRUE...SO MAYBE THAT IS THE NEW LIE OF THE YEAR CANIDATE.

    December 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  5. Idfhjk Jdgjlhk

    This means Lil Kim is ready to play ball and does not like not being listened too by those who are "close" too him i.e. the former sandbaging uncle...Lil Kim was angry.

    December 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  6. NKtards

    Lil Donged Un must be compensating for something.

    December 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  7. Judge Jean Boyd of Texas

    All I can say about this case is, GOOD RIDDANCE! If he was in my court in Fort Worth, he'd have got the same sentence unless he suffered from "affluenza", of course.

    December 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Mcshannon

      Affluenza is everywhere but the media is taking notice. Jang Song Thaek apparently wasn't a favorite uncle and maybe made verbal threats. Regardless, Kim Jong-un is ruthless and certainly unpredictable.

      December 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Reply

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