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.
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”.
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