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North Korea's Kim seen behind sacking of powerful uncle

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  1. steveox

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    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have dismissed a powerful uncle, a man key to his rise to power, from his posts, South Korean lawmakers said on Tuesday, a move that could help consolidate his power base with a younger guard of aides.

    Jang Song Thaek was likely sacked as vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission and as a department head of the ruling Workers' Party, lawmaker Jung Cheong-rae said, citing a senior South Korean official with the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

    Analysts who watch the North's power structure say Jang's removal would not have been possible without the approval of the third Kim to rule in the family dynasty.

    The move is likely to tip the balance in favor of another close aide - the top political operative for the army, which could mean a symbolic victory for the 1.2-million-strong military.

    Choe Ryong Hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, has been the most prominent figure to accompany Kim at public events and is a reminder of the state's political roots in military power.

    http://news.yahoo.com/north-korean-leaders-powerful-uncle-dismissed-seoul-media-081624603.html

    WOW!! Could North Korea die like the Soviet Union did?
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe but nk will do what ussr would not, kill anyone and everyone against them.
     
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    Could China change too? I wonder?
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Anything us possible as there are probably too many chinese to be able to kill enough to put an uprising down
     
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    I mean look at Li Keqiang. Hes sort like a business man. If you believe in Business that makes you an capitalist.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    takes more than a suit to be a capitalist.
     
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    Korean politics is as confusing as the Korean language but it seems that the boy king fired his chief advisor after a brief period of guardianship under him. Perhaps Kim is confident enough to manage the Communist state on his own and his uncle's two subordinates were executed for acting against the state's interests. This would consolidate Kim's power further, thus making it easier for him to implement reforms to modernise North Korea.
     
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    Takes more than a teleprompter to be a President ... ;)
     
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