September 26, 2023

Five years since the purge: the rise and fall of Jang Song Thaek

The dramatic arrest and death of Kim Jong Un's uncle remains an unprecedented moment in DPRK history

It has now been five years since one of the most memorable events of the Kim Jong Un era: the public announcement that the Supreme Leader's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, had been executed. To the day it remains, arguably, the biggest sensation Kim Jong Un’s North Korea has offered the world.

To remember it, let us look back on the life - and death - of uncle Jang.