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MUST READ: One Free Korea on purging of Jang Song Thaek

The KCNA has made it official: Uncle Jang is a comrade no more.

The official report accuses Jang and his posse of “anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts.” Among them:

- “gnawing at the unity and cohesion of the party and disturbing the work for establishing the party unitary leadership system”

- “factional acts as dreaming different dreams and involving himself in double-dealing behind the scene”

- “perfidious acts as shunning and obstructing in every way the work for holding President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in high esteem for all ages, behaving against the elementary sense of moral obligation and conscience as a human being” (ooo, that sounds bad)

- “tried to increase his force and build his base for realizing it by implanting those who had been punished for their serious wrongs in the past period into ranks of officials of departments of the party central committee and units under them”

- “made no scruple of perpetrating such counter-revolutionary acts as disobeying the order issued by the supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army” (Yonhap notes this suggests Jang opposed the closing of Kaesong and December 2012 rocket launch, and his purging might lead to an even more aggressive North Korea in accordance with the desires of the military leadership).

- “throwing the state financial management system into confusion and committing such act of treachery as selling off precious resources of the country at cheap prices, the group made it impossible to carry out the behests of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on developing the industries of Juche iron, Juche fertilizer and Juche vinalon” (well, now we know why Juche vinalon hasn’t been selling).

- “he was engrossed in irregularities and corruption, had improper relations with several women and was wined and dined at back parlors of deluxe restaurants” (Jesus, where did this creep think he was? Yeouido?)

- “he used drugs and squandered foreign currency at casinos while he was receiving medical treatment in a foreign country under the care of the party” (now we know why the late KJI was so sick all the time—he and his brother-in-law Jang spent their weekends in Macao drinking, gambling and snorting blow off Russian strippers’ tits. Or at least that’s what I’d like to imagine they were doing).

The post you really, REALLY want to read is Joshua Stanton’s commentary on the purge at One Free Korea. Read it and its links in their entirety, but if you’re going to take only one thing from it, make it this:

In case you’re wondering what all this means, it means that North Korea’s absolute ruler is a volatile man-child with a small nuclear arsenal and no adult supervision. It means that although South Korea’s National Intelligence isn’t gifted at domestic politics, it is at least a competent intelligence agency. It could also mean that Kim Jong Un has just suppressed a coup by Jang and his followers.

On a related note, Yonhap reports that while Jang is unlikely to be killed—he is Kim Jong-un’s uncle, after all—it is very possible he’ll spend at least a couple of years in a prison camp given the severity of his alleged crimes and the fact that said crimes have now been reported in the North Korean press.

UPDATE: Just in case the warning wasn’t clear enough, North Korean TV ran photos of Jang being arrested. Running photos of high officials getting arrested happens next to never in North Korea—more specifically, it hasn’t happened since the early 1970s:

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  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    Tell us more about the Russian strippers and their tits.

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  • Joshua Stanton

    Thanks, Robert.

  • Aja Aja

    There are news reports that he was already executed on December 5th.

  • Juniper

    There’re rails of coke on them.

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  • Sanshinseon

    I agree that it indicates failure and bodes instability.

  • Bob

    North Korea is imploding, which is one more reason for me to get out of here. I’m not confident that the South Korean government is competent enough to handle the shit storm that’s coming our way if that happens.

  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    That is something to think about . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • djson1

    It makes more sense to snort off of American strippers’ breasts because the implants keep things more steady. The real breasts on Russian strippers tend to be unstable and move around more.

  • djson1

    “It could also mean that Kim Jong Un has just suppressed a coup by Jang and his followers.”

    Yes, that or just that there is a lot of paranoia in the regime.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Good point. I hadn’t really pondered the physics of it all.

  • seouldout

    Stable snorting surface depends much on if she is standing or on her back. When standing bolt-ons tend to be better since they defy gravity more. But in bed the natural knockers are better since they flatten. In either case cupping her breast with your free hand will improve stability.

  • brier

    “It could also mean that Kim Jong Un has just suppressed a coup by Jang and his followers.”

    Could also mean, Jong Un just wanted the flow of money coming Jang’s way.

  • Bob

    Makes you wonder…Would Kim Jong Un have his uncle executed? I wouldn’t think so. So, who’s really running things in North Korea?

    PS. It reminds me of how someone who would know was telling me a few years back that a very flamboyant biker gang leader in Canada was in fact not the true leader, despite what the media claimed. He was merely playing a role. His main job was to attract the attention of the press and the police. The real leader was a business suit type of guy whose name has never been mentioned in the press. Most reporters have no clue, and if they do they would get sued and lose big if they ever did mention his name. There are simply too many degrees of separation between him and his foot soldiers for them to gather conclusive evidence on him.

  • Bob

    I think this latest purge makes it’s pretty clear that Kim Jong Un is just a puppet. I think the North Korean military has a strong grasp on power.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    From my years of Kremlin watching, I know that you need to look at who’s standing next to who, who are wearing hats, and who got the memo to wear which color in pics. All the recent pics I’ve seen of KJU and Kim Song Thaek pre-purge show a uniformed military guy, between KJU and Kim Song Thaek

  • The Expat

    I wonder if North Korea “scholars” have trouble maintaining long term interest in North Korea. I suppose logical people study illogical things all the time, but I can’t imagine being tasked with observing the North Koreans day in and day out and having to type up essays and reports and papers about their behaviors.

    It’s all a big circus really. A criminal enterprise disguised as half of a country long divided. I wonder if the North Koreans (I mean, the power elite) actually take themselves seriously, or if they know that their so-called country is nothing more than a sick and perverted curiosity to the outside world. I’d be curious to see if there was any aspect of North Korea that was not absolutely corrupt. According to defectors, students bribe their university professors with food and money in order to graduate, the professors themselves bribe their way into their teaching positions. The politicians no doubt do the same.

    Christ, when you think about it, these people are messing around with nuclear power when scores of their nuclear “engineers” probably bribed their way through classes in university, or worse yet, got their present positions to due family connections. I’m actually shocked that they have not had a major nuclear incident, and can only attribute this to fact that their nuclear technology was largely ripped off from countries where the scientists know what they are doing.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    The Expat: “I wonder if North Korea “scholars” have trouble maintaining long term interest in North Korea. I suppose logical people study illogical things all the time, but I can’t imagine being tasked with observing the North Koreans day in and day out and having to type up essays and reports and papers about their behaviors.”

    Interesting.

    I am of two minds. One, that the regime’s maximizing, to the point of not measuring the cost against others, goal is to maintain the Kim dynasty and eliminate any perceived threat to it. And two, there is no logic behind many of the regime’s moves, and North Korea scholars in trying to make sense out of nonsense ascribe logical motives where there are none, which is more dangerous for the intelligence community.

  • Wedge1

    Just because you don’t understand the logic doesn’t mean there’s no logic behind this crap.

  • Wedge1

    You guys are sick. Funny, but sick.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    I didn’t say that. In fact, I think the logic is very simple: “that the regime’s maximizing, to the point of not measuring the cost against others, goal is to maintain the Kim dynasty and eliminate any perceived threat to it.”

  • Aja Aja

    There are speculations now that the picture of his arrest is a fake. Speculation is that North Korea is trying to cover up the fact that Jang was already summarily executed on Dec.5th.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    If so, wouldn’t it have been easier for the regime to simply claim that the photos and film were taken the previous day?

    Or wouldn’t it have been even easier for the regime to claim (which it hasn’t) that he was executed the day after the supposed arrest on December 5?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    If I were arrested by the Norks I would tell them to fuck themselves and spit roast the Pig In Charge.

  • Juniper

    We’ll be sure not to take you seriously on this point again.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Thank you anonymous no-body, we will be sure to take you seriously.

  • Juniper

    “If I ever got taken by them I would tell them to fuck themselves.”
    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2013/12/02/and-now-about-the-old-american-guy-in-north-korea/#comment-1146980096

    “So wait, I make an obvious joke, you geniuses fall for it and think I am serious and then make fun of me? I see what you guys did there…..”
    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2013/12/02/and-now-about-the-old-american-guy-in-north-korea/#comment-1148288497

    You’re a blowhard and a tiresome bore. Please consider commenting less.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Thank you, please consider dying under a tree.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Let me think, what beef could a total nobody who never commented here before (if you did I am sorry that you made absolutely no impression on me whatsoever; please consider becoming more interesting) have with me? Whose sock puppet are you, Jennifer?

  • Aja Aja

    The North Koreans have now officially announced he was executed on Thursday. But I think the speculations that he was actually executed a week ago, is holding more water. The picture is also probably fake that was designed to prepare the North Koreans and to hide the fact that it was a summary execution.

  • Dokdoforever

    Looks as though Jang Song Thaek won’t be making another comeback.

  • RElgin

    Everything I predicted about the triumvirate has happened. There is more blood on the throne. (http://www.rjkoehler.com/2010/08/17/triumvirate-and-revelations/)

    KJU purged all the older leaders due to the cultural issues regarding age and leadership in Korean culture mentioned in the Asiana thread, whereas here it is relevant, however there is always an exceptional man that can occur. The question is “is there one now, waiting for their chance?”.

    The North Koreans are doing Shakespeare and they have not the wit to know it.

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    Is there video footage online of Jang getting dragged from the meeting, video that the stills were grabbed from?

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    KJU is taking care of family business.