Jang Song Thaek

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Kim Jong Un's Next Move: Purge Aunt?

South Korean media reports he wants Kim Kyong Hui out

(Newser) - Earlier this week came the news that Kim Jong Un had reportedly given his high-ranking uncle , Jang Song Thaek, the boot; now, the Telegraph reports that his aunt—Jang's estranged wife—may be canned next. Kim Kyong Hui is Kim Jong Il's sister, and is said to be... More »

Kim May Have Canned Uncle in Huge Power Shift

According to reports from the South's spy agency

(Newser) - If reports from the South are correct, North Korea is seeing a major change in its leadership. Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, has reportedly been fired from his role as vice chairman of the country's powerful National Defense Commission, per South Korea's spy agency. Yonhap... More »

China to North Korea: Loosen Up Those Markets

Powerful Pyongyang official visits Beijing

(Newser) - It's time for authoritarian North Korea to let in some free markets, urged Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today, following a rare meeting with a high-ranking North Korean official, reports Reuters . Wen and President Hu Jintao met yesterday with Jang Song Thaek, the powerful uncle of North Korea's young... More »

Kim Plans Economic Overhaul in N. Korea

General's ouster paves way for reform: insider

(Newser) - After North Korea's top military leader was removed from the post, observers wondered why; now an explanation seems to be taking shape. Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho, seen as a close ally to Kim Jong Il, didn't want to see sweeping changes to the country's economy—but... More »

N. Korea Signals Rise of Kim's Uncle

Jang Song Thaek appears in public dressed as general

(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... More »

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