October 16, 2019
ANALYSIS: Jang Song Thaek’s very public purge
Dr. Andrei Lankov discusses the very public political purge of the once powerful Jang Song Thaek
One cannot say that the two year long rule of Kim Jong Un has been tranquil and quiet. As a matter of fact, it has been marked by series of large scale purges – on a scale that North Korea has not seen for decades. Last year was a time when the top echelons of the military were systematically replaced. It now appears that the time for a similar purge of the civilian bureaucracy has come.The