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: