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  •  Or, the military moved first... (0+ / 0-)

    The ABC story had an interesting construction of "facts" (tough to come by out of N Korea):

    The state news agency KCNA called Jang Song-thaek, who had been Kim's uncle and top deputy, "despicable human scum" and "worse than a dog" in a release announcing his execution.
    "Against the backdrop of these shouts rocking the country, a special military tribunal... was held on December 12 against traitor for all ages Jang Song Thaek," KCNA reported in a story that was headlined "Traitor Jang Song Thaek Executed."
    They said that Chang (Jang) had "Jang had supported a smooth transition of power to a young Kim Jong-un, who was 28 at the time of Kim Jong-il's death in 2011. He is the uncle of Kim and husband of Kim Jong-Il's sister Kim Kyong-hee."

    The purge came "surprisingly early" because "Kim's been in power for less than two years and he does not yet have a strong political base in the party."

    Add that up, and one wonders if Kim acted on his own -- has the power to take down a well-connected, longtime power player -- or whether this was the military moving to put the Party on notice that the Dear Leader was their sock puppet.

    When it comes to North Korea, we can't trust our own government to know what's going on, and probably not a good idea to put much weight on a single-sourced analysis of a former DPRK military defector.

    •  I was just 'translating' the official announcement (1+ / 0-)
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      out of the North Korean government-speak, since someone did mention it being buzzword salad.

      •  I was just wondering... (0+ / 0-)

        ...if there was any daylight between the "Military" and the "Party" in that opaque society, and if there was anyone here at D-Kos with particular expertise.  Just seemed that by moving atypically early with a purge of a high-powered guy through a military tribunal at a big-assed party function there may be more going on ... but looking around the stories from various sources impresses me more how little even the "experts" seem certain of when it comes to intra-party politics (and deathly purges) in the North.

        Now I'm reading that it may be a move by Un against China's influence over his apparatus.

        The only thing that does seem for sure is that we're in for a period of turmoil inside North Korea's ruling clique.

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