N. Korean leader speaks of uncle’s execution for first time

N. Korean leader speaks of uncle’s execution for first time

N. Korean leader speaks of uncle’s execution for first time

Written by Staff Writer

02 Jan, 2014 | 8:50 am

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has spoken of the “elimination of factionalist filth” in his first public reference to the execution of his once-powerful uncle last month.

In a new year message broadcast on state TV, he said “resolute action” had strengthened the country’s unity.

North Korea announced on 13 December it had executed Chang Song-thaek after convicting him of “acts of treachery”.

The move raised concerns of instability in the secretive nuclear-armed country.

Footage shown by North Korea's KCTV and released by South Korea's Yonhap news agency shows Jang Song Thaek being removed from a Politburo meeting.

Footage shown by North Korea’s KCTV and released by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency shows Jang Song Thaek being removed from a Politburo meeting.

North Korea’s new year messages are closely scrutinised by South Korea and other regional powers for clues to Pyongyang’s policy goals.

Kim Jong-un said action to “eliminate factionalist filth” within the ruling Workers’ Party had bolstered the country’s unity “by 100 times”.

-BBC-

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