South Korea expressed “deep concern” on Friday after the execution of the North Korean leader’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was officially the number two in the regime at Pyongyang.
Jang Song-Thaek tried for treason. Kim-Jong-Un uncle sentenced to death and executed (realitatea.net)
“The Government is deeply concerned about the recent developments in North Korea and is following closely the situation,” said in a statement the Unification Ministry, which handles relations between the two neighboring nations.
South Korea will be fully prepared for “any possible situation in the future” and is working closely with its allies, the communiqué added .
North Korean news agency KCNA announced Friday morning the execution, the day before , of 67-year-old Jang Song-Thaek, the influential uncle of the young leader Kim Jong-un.
Charged for being a “traitor to the nation” , Jang had been sentenced to death by a special military tribunal. The regime accuses Jang Song- thaek that betrayed Kim Jong-un and his father, Kim Jong-il, who ruled the country from 1994 until his death in 2011.
Jang Song Thaek went up on the power scale from a municipal bureaucrat to North Korea’s No. 2 official — just after the only leader Kim Jong Un.
But his links were more than political: Jang was Kim’s uncle, married to the leader’s aunt, Kim Kyong Hui.
First news on Jang’s removal from power started emerging in Seoul at the beginning of December. Last Sunday, he was fired from all functions at a special party gathering and taken away by soldiers. 4 days after his quick public arrest, Jang was tried for betrayal and sentenced to death by a military court.
The list of accusations against Jang turned out to be quite long, with planning to overthrow the leadership the most serious of the alleged crimes. According to Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, Jang confessed and admitted his guilts.
State media indicted Jang for destroying the economy for his personal interest, blaming him for masterminding the 2009 currency revaluation that sparked protests in North Korea. He was considered responsible for the shoddy quality of construction materials, charged with secretly trading in rare metals and was criticized for encouraging private businesses.