Jang's Execution To Presage Greater Regime Turbulence
BMI View: The execution of Jang Song Thaek will presage greater instability within the Kim regime. We caution that there is a high risk of dramatic political change, for better or for worse.
The execution of Jang Song Thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the de facto number two man in the regime, will presage greater instability in the country. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Jang's execution in the early hours of December 13, 2013, after he was sentenced to death by a military tribunal for allegedly plotting to overthrow the regime. Earlier in the week, state media outlets confirmed rumours circulating in the international media about Jang's dismissal from all government and party posts, and carried images of Jang being led away by security guards during an expanded meeting of the Politburo.
Jang's Execution Shows That No One Is Safe In Regime