N. Korea Signals Rise of Kim's Uncle

Jang Song Thaek appears in public dressed as general
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2011 9:29 AM CST
This file picture on January 18, 2009 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Il inspecting the Mt. Ryongak Recreation Ground in Pyongyang with Jang Song Thaek.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Pyongyang was busily hailing Kim Jong Un as its "Supreme Commander" yesterday, but today's spotlight in the who's-running-North-Korea spectacle is on Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, reports Reuters. Seems official state media are running photos of Jang dressed as a general, in what many are interpreting as a sign of his growing influence. It's the first time that Jang, who is married to Kim Jong Il's younger sister, has appeared in military garb, and might indicate he's secured a top spot in the coalition that's rumored to be sharing power with Kim Jong Un. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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