November 29, 2023

ANALYSIS: The impact of Jang Song Thaek’s ouster

So far no sign of a purge of Jang’s network or loss of other positions

Since Kim Jong Il passed away in December 2011, concerns about the stability of the North Korean leadership have been numerous, but so far the smooth continuation of political and economic affairs has been a key priority.

The North Korea-watching community has therefore been taken aback by the rumored removal of Jang Sung Thaek, a figure with deep connections to the Kim family and involvement in maintaining administrative and economic matters.