RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 34ISSUE 2members only

The Jang Song-Thaek Purge: North Korea’s Winners, Losers and Scapegoats

The trial and execution of Kim Jong-un’s uncle, and the shuffling and elimination of other officials within the leadership structure, speak volumes about the future direction of North Korean policy

The North Korean system, including its leadership, is yet again in a state of flux. Since early December 2013, evidence of significant promotions, demotions, re-allocations and executions of personnel has spilled into the public domain. The campaign has affected both senior and more junior ranks of the government, the Korean Workers’ Party and the Korean People’s Army. Eliminating internal factionalism and ensuring widespread loyalty to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un appears to

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