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North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby toucana on December 12th, 2013, 7:15 pm 

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State TV footage of Mr Chang's arrest at a party meeting

The once-powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been executed after being purged for corruption, state news agency KCNA reports.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25359939

Chang Song-thaek who was married to the sister of the previous leader Kim Jong-il was a senior military officer and 'king maker' who behind the scenes had master-minded the succession of his nephew Kim Jong-on to the leadership of North Korea only two years ago. But it was reported in early December of this year that he had been purged, and that two of his key aides had been executed.

North Korean television had shown footage of Chang Song-thaek being arrested and marched off to prison at a large public meeting of the Communist party. It later reported that he had been put on trial for 'factionalism' and that after he had admitted planning to overthrow the state, he had been executed immediately on Thursday.
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Re: North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby Venus on December 12th, 2013, 7:22 pm 

/sarcasm on/

Great to see they take corruption seriously in North Korea.

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Re: North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby Watson on December 12th, 2013, 11:23 pm 

second thoughts are a bitch, in some places.
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Re: North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby toucana on December 13th, 2013, 5:14 am 

The North Korean authorities went on to explain in a lengthy report that Chang Song-thaek was " A traitor and human scum who was worse than a dog..." and that he had committed (among numerous other offences):

"such a hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state".

http://news.sky.com/story/1181627/north-korea-executes-leaders-traitor-uncle

South Korean media say they believe he was killed by machine gun - a relatively common form of execution in the North.

In the US, the White House said it could not independently verify the reports but had "no reason to doubt" them.
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Re: North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby Watson on December 13th, 2013, 1:00 pm 

But sadly, this is not the only idiot with an army.
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Re: North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby toucana on January 4th, 2014, 9:41 am 

The Singapore Straits Times has published a new story stating that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had his uncle executed by having him thrown to a pack of dogs and eaten alive.

http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/asia-report/china/story/jangs-execution-bodes-ill-china-20131224

The story cites an account that appeared in a Chinese newspaper called Wen Wei Po which is published in Hong Kong and which normally reflects the views of the Beijing government of the PRC.

According to this extraordinary account, Kim Jong-un personally supervised the execution of his uncle Chang Song-thaek and five of his aides, who were stripped naked and thrown into a cage full of 120 attack dogs that had been starved for three days beforehand.

An execution of this type is known as Quan-jue (犬决 - lit. 'dogs decision') in Chinese.

The appearance of such a story in a Chinese government controlled newspaper like Wen Wei Po is an indication of the extreme revulsion felt by Beijing at the brutal execution of a key ally within the North Korean regime. Chang Song-thaek had been the principle political link between North Korea and China, and an important economic fixer responsible for large export sales of key assets like coal and gold to them as well. It indicates that Beijing no longer cares about the state of its relationship with Kim.

Other news sources are sceptical about this latest horrifying story about the mysterious 'Hermit Kingdom'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-echochambers-25597324

The Telegraph's Tim Stanley cautions that this story is "tempting" - probably too tempting to be true.

"The thing about North Korea is that it's so mad, so gruesome that it's difficult not to believe whatever tall story you hear about it," he writes. "Kim Jong Un ate a baby? The army uses kittens for target practice? Kim Jong Il's reanimated corpse stalks the countryside scaring children? It all seems possible."
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Re: North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby Watson on January 4th, 2014, 4:12 pm 

Even if not true, it is very sad that it could be true.
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Re: North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby toucana on January 6th, 2014, 7:52 pm 

The BBC website has posted an article that back-traces the dubious Quan-Jue story to a single highly suspect Chinese language blog.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-china-blog-25621324

The original lead appeared in a blog on Tencent, the second most popular micro-blogging site in China, where the author is supposed to be an emigre North Korean newspaper editor called Choi Seongho who is currently studying in China.

Unfortunately there is an identical namesake blogger with a more substantial following on the larger and more popular Sina Wei Bo service who claims that the Tencent poster is a copycat who is impersonating him, and has denounced the story when contacted by the BBC.
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Re: North Korean Leader's Uncle Executed

Postby Obvious Leo on January 6th, 2014, 8:22 pm 

I must admit the story sounded like nonsense when I first heard of it. North Korea is heavily reliant on the patronage of China and China is anxious to be seen as a mature and sophisticated player in the affairs of the modern world. Even the paranoid North Korean regime would not be so foolish as to force China's hand if this were a true story. I think the Chinese are well sick of their unwanted best friend.

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