Jang Song Thaek, the Von Stauffenberg of North Korea

December 13, 2013
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Looks like Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle/deputy was trying to stage a coup and reform the country. From the write-up from KCNA, North Korea’s “news” agency:

As regards the means and methods for staging the coup, Jang said: “I was going to stage the coup by using army officers who had close ties with me or by mobilizing armed forces under the control of my confidants. I don’t know well about recently appointed army officers but have some acquaintances with those appointed in the past period.”

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Jang dreamed such a foolish dream that once he seizes power by a base method, his despicable true colors as “reformist” known to the outside world would help his “new government” get “recognized” by foreign countries in a short span of time.

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No matter how much water flows under the bridge and no matter how frequently a generation is replaced by new one, the lineage of Paektu will remain unchanged and irreplaceable.

Our party, state, army and people do not know anyone except Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un.

Our service personnel and people will never pardon all those who dare disobey the unitary leadership of Kim Jong Un, challenge his absolute authority and oppose the lineage of Paektu to an individual but bring them to the stern court of history without fail and mercilessly punish them on behalf of the party and revolution, the country and its people, no matter where they are in hiding.

5 Responses to Jang Song Thaek, the Von Stauffenberg of North Korea

  1. raggedy man on December 14, 2013 at 5:30 am

    This will be Kathleen Sebelius in a few months.

  2. Gerry Owen on December 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Will this result in a more stable N Korea? or will there be more upheaval? Kim Jong-un has been in power a while now, and I still cannot decipher if he will turn out to be better or worse than his predecessors.

    The Aunt and uncle were considered to be the power behind the throne originally, and now Unc has been publicly humiliated (a rather drastic step), and executed after the obligatory forced confession. Auntie is a Daughter of Kim il-Sung, so my bet is she will merely “disappear” from the limelight. With these two power brokers removed, what next?

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on December 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Things must be desperate there, indeed.
      I read that Jong-un was NOT the eldest sibling and was NOT groomed to the supreme leader. I haven’t heard what was wrong with the other heirs apparent but apparently the Uncle was supposed to show him how to do his job and coincidentally keep him in line.
      Didn’t work.
      This didn’t help “What apparently hurt Jang the most was Kim Jong Un finding out about the secret overseas bank accounts, each containing millions in government funds and controlled by senior government officials. Some of these accounts were revealed and publicized in the last few years by stricter American sanctions. This caused a bit of a fuss back in North Korea because many senior officials didn’t know about these accounts, especially how large some of them were.”

      • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on December 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        *groomed to be*

  3. setnaffa on December 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Jang was married to Kim Jong-Il’s sister. And he was foolin’ around in town. Not a high-percentage play in a democracy. Still lower in a place where folks get shot for walking on the wrong beach or listening to the wrong radio station.

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