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News Analysis: Business opportunity grows in DPRK despite challenges [Xinhua]

Posted in China, DPR Korea, Kim Jong Un, Reform and opening up, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics on February 26, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Yoo Seungki

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — Business opportunity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is growing for potential foreign investors as the closed economy is pushing a new type of socialist economy through reform and opening despite challenges such as lack of information, communication tools and transparency, global DPRK experts said Wednesday at a forum held in central Seoul.

Top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un is known to have introduced a so- called “May 30 Measures” in May 2014 to grant more autonomy in managing factories and more incentives for farmers. South Korea’s Unification Ministry has said there is no clear evidence of such measures being adopted by DPRK.

Despite no official announcement from the DPRK, a few clues were found. Choson Sinbo, a pro-DPRK newspaper based in Japan, reported in January that the DPRK will “set up a collectivist system that can respond flexibly” and that “socialist enterprises will take the lead.”

The new socialist economy scheme is believed to be an extension of the so-called “June 28 Measures,” adopted in June 2012 and made known to outside world by Choson Sinbo. The new plan is estimated to scale down the size of farming work unit to a ” family size” of 4 to 6 people, which could be allowed to leave up to 60 percent of their production on their hands. It is higher than the previous 30 percent ceiling.

Companies could be given more leeway in management, paying workers a wage in accordance with performance and handling inputs and outputs in a freer way than before. Andrei Lankov, professor at Kookmin University, said in a Nov. 30 Al-Jazeera editorial that the May 30 Measures were “revolutionary” and that the DPRK seems to have decided to begin “Chinese-style reforms…”

Excerpted; full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2015-01/28/c_133954121.htm

South Korea deports Korean-American woman accused of supporting the North [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Anti-communism, DPR Korea, Encirclement of China, Japan, Kim Jong Un, North wind campaign, Obama, Pentagon, Pyongyang, south Korea, south Korean human rights hypocrisy, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Western nations' human rights distortions on January 17, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Ben McGrath
13 January 2015

South [sic] Korea deported Korean-American Shin Eun-mi on Saturday for supposedly making pro-North [sic] Korean comments. She arrived back in Los Angeles the same day, US time, and will be barred from returning to Korea for five years. Shin’s case is just the latest in Seoul’s attacks on democratic rights.

President Park Geun-hye’s government accused Shin of violating South Korea’s draconian National Security Act. Shin gave public talks around the country with Hwang Seon, the former deputy spokeswoman of the Democratic Labor Party (DLP), the forerunner of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP), which the government, via the Constitutional Court, forcibly disbanded in December. The government is considering issuing an arrest warrant for Hwang.

Shin said last Wednesday, as she appeared for questioning by prosecutors: “I can guarantee that I have done nothing that violates the National Security Act. I have made no pro-North Korea remarks in public. There are no such remarks in my book, either.” Shin was referring to her book, A Korean-American Ajumma Goes to North Korea, which detailed her trips to North Korea. “Ajumma” is a Korean word referring to a middle-aged or married woman. Shin visited the North six times from October 2011 and published the book in 2012.

Right-wing organizations filed a complaint against Shin and Hwang after a November 19 talk at Seoul’s Jogyesa Temple, claiming that the two women painted North Korea in a positive light. During the discussion, Shin said that in North Korea, “people seemed to be filled with expectation and hope about the young leader (Kim Jong-un).”

The complaints against the two women received more attention when a 17-year-old boy attacked Shin and Hwang with a homemade bomb at a lecture the women held in Iksan, North Jeolla Province, in December. No-one was seriously injured but two people received minor burns. The teenager, hailed as a hero by extreme-right groups, is currently awaiting trial.

The government’s claims that Shin undermined “national security” are farcical. Her book on North Korea was even selected as suggested reading by South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Shin said: “If I did (violate the National Security Act), why did the government select my book as a recommended one in the first place? I just gave lectures and filmed a documentary based on the book.”

Another comment by Shin points far more as to why she was targeted by the government. “Even though it is the 21st century, are we not seeing these pro-communist frame-ups, spy frame-ups?” she asked. “It is a ballad that I heard from when I attended kindergarten in the 60s.” Several UPP members were arrested last year and accused, on the basis of fabricated evidence, of plotting a rebellion in support of North Korea.

Seoul has whipped up these red scares not simply as a turn away from democracy. It is bound up with South Korea’s alignment with the United States and its “pivot to Asia,” which is aimed at economically undermining and militarily surrounding China. This includes ramping up tensions on the Korean Peninsula against China’s ally North Korea — and risking war with Pyongyang. The government fears that any anti-war sentiment could be used to oppose these growing war plans. Shin’s greatest crime, as far as the government is concerned, is that she presented North Koreans as human beings who have the same hopes and desires as average South Koreans…

Seoul deepened its military cooperation with the US over the past year. This included signing a trilateral intelligence sharing agreement with the US and Japan, expressing support for a Thermal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea and postponing the handover to Seoul of US operational control over the South Korean military. In the event of war, the United States will take command of the South’s military.

Seoul also backed the Obama administration’s claims that North Korea was responsible for hacking at Sony Pictures Entertainment and supported new US sanctions, calling them “appropriate.” The South Korean media presented Washington’s accusations as fact despite a lack of evidence.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki raised mild criticisms of South Korea over Shin’s deportation. While claiming at a daily press briefing on Friday that South Korea “has shown a consistent and longstanding commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights,” Psaki said the US is “concerned that the national security law, as interpreted and applied in some cases, limits freedom of expression and restricts access to the Internet.”

This “criticism” has nothing to do with a genuine concern for free speech. It is particularly hypocritical coming from a government that has been exposed as spying on and violating the democratic rights of its population and millions of others internationally on a daily basis. Instead, the US is using this issue to continue to pressure Seoul to work more closely with Japan in the US-directed war preparations against China.

Excerpted / edited by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/kore-j13.html

After three years of Kim Jong-un, skyscrapers popping up on Pyongyang’s skyline [The Hankyoreh 한겨레 / Sweet & Sour Socialism Essential Archives]

Posted in DPR Korea, Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang, Sweet and Sour Socialism Essential Archives on January 6, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

OMG, a positive article about DPR Korea. A necessary corrective to the hysteria surrounding the propaganda film “The Interview”, US government lies and related hateful distortions by corporate media. – Zuo Shou

Dec 29, 2014

Three years after Kim Jong-un came to power in North Korea, the streets of Pyongyang look much different. The streets of the city are lined with new 40-floor skyscrapers, and taxis drive down them [sic]. Before, they had been dark at night, but now they are illuminated by bright lights, while smartphone-toting women are dressed more smartly than before. The unanimous testimony of recent visitors to Pyongyang is that the North Korean city has doffed its drab garb in favor of a coat of many colors.

“It was my first visit to North Korea in five years, and I was shocked by how much the atmosphere had changed,” Jang Yong-cheol, permanent director for the Isang Yun Peace Foundation, told the Hankyoreh on Dec. 16. Jang was in Pyongyang for five days in October.

“I was surprised to see taxis of various colors not only in front of the Pothonggang Hotel where I was staying but also in every street,” Jang said.

“The economy appears to be moving briskly in Pyongyang these days. What particularly stood out were the large apartment buildings being built in various parts of the city and the bustling activity at the markets. You can really feel how much it’s thriving,” said Jin Zhe, Director of Northeast Asia Studies for the Liaoning Academy of Social Science, who also visited North Korea recently.

Last year, the number of taxis in Pyongyang reportedly surpassed 1,500. Shortly after coming to power in 2011, Kim Jong-un ordered officials to promote the taxi business as a means of developing the tourism industry. A series of joint ventures were established with Japanese and Chinese companies, leading to a rapid increase in the number of taxis. In the past, there had been around 700 taxis in the city.

Not only foreign travelers, but also residents of Pyongyang are freely able to ride in the taxis.

During a recent media interview, Park Chan-mo, former president of Pohang University of Science and Technology and honorary president of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, said it cost about US$5 to take a taxi from downtown Pyongyang to Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a journey of about 25km.

The changing appearance of Pyongyang is understood to reflect to some degree the current state of the North Korean economy, which has been [improving] since Kim Jong-un came to power three years ago.

Indeed, North Korea has recorded positive economic growth in each of those years. Production of agricultural and industrial goods is on the rise.

Favorable weather has apparently played a role, with North Korea managing to avoid typhoon and flood damage over that period. Under Kim Jong-un, North Korea seems to have been spared the vexing problem of feeding the people, which had troubled the rule of Kim Jong-il during the “arduous march” in the mid- and late 1990s.

Experts largely attribute the growth in the North Korean economy to measures adopted by the government since Kim came to power including the June 28 Plan, which was implemented on a trial basis, and the May 30 Measures, which represented an expansion of June 28 Plan.

…Kim appears to have chosen…the option of implementing economic reforms to increase productivity.

“The May 30 Measures increased the autonomous management of factories, corporations, farms, local government bodies, economic development zones, and the central bank. Sometime next year, specific measures are likely to be taken to follow up on the May 30 Measures,” said Jin Jingyi, professor at Peking University.

In addition to giving companies and farms more authority to dispose of surplus products, this shift toward independent management has also led to an expansion of the incentive system, which bases workers’ pay on their performance.

In April, the Choson Shinbo, a newspaper printed by Chongryon, a pro-North Korean organization in Japan, ran a report about one factory in Pyongyang that was allowed to manage itself. According to the paper, the introduction of an incentive system spurred workers to work harder, leading to a dramatic increase of productivity. Some workers saw their monthly salary increase 100-fold, the paper claimed.

Similar effects have been seen in the area of agriculture under the field assignment system, which reduces the unit size on collective farms to something akin to a family farm. Thanks to this system, total agricultural production in 2013 increased by around 20%, reports say.

The North Korean economy gets another shot in the arm from infusions of foreign currency. There are from 50,000 to 100,000 North Koreans working overseas who send home around US$300 million a year, while an estimated 300,000 tourists from China and other countries spend foreign currency during their stays. The massive constructions projects that are transforming the skyline of Pyongyang are also thought to be contributing substantially to the boost in domestic demand.

While the circulation of cash has led to a modest improvement in the lives of North Koreans, it is unclear whether the North Korean economy will ultimately return to its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. The most pressing problem is that North Korea has had trouble convincing foreign investors to set up factories in the five special government-designated economic zones and the 19 economic development zones.

The North Korean authorities claimed to have secured US$1.44 billion in investment from 306 foreign companies, but the actual [sic] figure is probably closer to US$400 million of foreign investment, with all of this in the Rason Special Economic Zone…

…“The growth of the markets has reached the level where North Koreans can manage to support themselves through running a business. In order to bring the North Korean economy to the next level, the North Korean authorities need to…formally [institute] the May 30 Measures and by taking steps to alleviate [income?] polarization,” said Cho Bong-hyun, a senior researcher for IBK Economic Research Institute.
 
By Son Won-je, staff reporter and Seong Yeon-cheol, Beijing correspondent

Edited & excerpted by Zuo Shou

Article link: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/671159.html

US stokes conflict with DPR Korea over Sony hacking [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Assassination, China, CIA, Corporate Media Critique, DPR Korea, Iran, Israel, Kim Jong Un, Korean War, Media smear campaign, NSA, Obama, Saudi Arabia, US drone strikes, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on December 20, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Patrick Martin

19 December 2014

The US government is preparing to retaliate against [DPR] Korea for its alleged role in the hacking attack on Sony Pictures, Obama administration officials said Thursday. While declining to go on the record placing responsibility on [DPR] Korea for the hacking — likely in part because they can produce no evidence — several top officials suggested that US cyberwarfare countermeasures were already in preparation.

White House press spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that he would not name North Korea as the perpetrator of the Sony hacking in advance of investigations by the FBI and Justice Department, but added that the cyberattack was an example of “destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor.” US officials considered the hacking a “serious national security matter” and “would be mindful of the fact that we need a proportional response,” he said.

The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, told a television interviewer Thursday morning that the administration was “actively considering a range of options that we’ll take in response to this attack.” He did not rule out military force, although Earnest’s reference to a “proportionate response” was portrayed by the US media as a threat of some form of electronic sabotage, rather than a direct military attack on North Korea.

The last two days have seen the transformation of the Sony incident from a corporate scandal — with the private information of tens of thousands of current and former employees dumped onto the Internet — into a far more sinister affair, involving US threats against both [DPR] Korea and China.

Beginning November 24, anonymous hackers, calling themselves “Guardians of Peace,” have made several dumps of internal Sony information on the Internet, demanding the studio shelve its film The Interview, a comedy whose plot is based around the CIA hiring two American journalists (played by Seth Rogen and James Franco) to assassinate Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

This week the affair escalated with vague threats of violence against theaters that showed the film, scheduled to open on December 25. On Wednesday morning, the four largest US theater chains cancelled the premieres, citing the threats, and Sony then withdrew the film from circulation entirely.

The US National Security Council then issued its first formal statement, not naming [DPR] Korea, but noting that the White House had offered Sony Pictures its support against the apparent cyberattack. The statement declared: “We know that criminals and foreign countries regularly seek to gain access to government and private sector networks — both in the United States and elsewhere … The US government is working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice and we are considering a range of options in weighing a potential response.”

Obama administration officials made unattributed statements to the US media Wednesday asserting that [DPR] Korea was responsible for the attacks on Sony, setting off a media frenzy, including speculation about possible cyberwarfare or military responses against the regime in Pyongyang. This was accompanied by suggestions that Iran was a co-conspirator in the cyberattacks, in retaliation for US and Israeli cyberwarfare against Iran’s nuclear energy facilities.

No evidence of any kind has been produced, with press reports limited to suggestions that some of the code in the malware used to infect Sony’s corporate computer system had been written in Korean, and that the code resembled that used in previous cyberattacks in South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

The United States, moreover, is heavily invested in cyberwarfare measures, particularly targeting China. Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed extensive offensive cyberwarfare measures, including attacks on government and military targets.

There is evidence as well that the US is whipping up conflict with [DPR] Korea in several arenas simultaneously. The escalation of the Sony Pictures affair coincided with the issuance of a report Tuesday by a United Nations committee recommending that…Korean officials be referred to the International Criminal Court for human rights violations.

On Thursday, just as the White House spokesman was threatening a “proportionate response” to the Sony hacking, the UN General Assembly approved the referral of [DPR] Korea to the ICC, sending it on to the UN Security Council, where Russia and China are expected to block further action.

The role of Sony Pictures also deserves serious scrutiny. The studio has a documented close relationship with the CIA, having made the film Zero Dark Thirty in 2012, in direct collaboration with the agency, portraying CIA torture of prisoners as vital to the targeting of Osama bin Laden by a Navy Seals death squad the previous year. The film served as a sort of video rebuttal-in-advance of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, which was completed in the summer of 2012 but delayed for two years by the Obama White House, until it was made public, in heavily redacted form, last week.

The decision to make a film that climaxed in the assassination of Kim Jong-un was peculiar, to say the least. As the New York Times wrote, “To depict the killing of a sitting world leader, comically or otherwise, is virtually without precedent in major studio movies, film historians say.” If North Korea, Iran or Russia had produced a similar film about a plan to murder Obama, complete with grisly images of the president being obliterated by a missile (the final scene in The Interview ), the US government and media would have raised an uproar.

Moreover, given the Obama administration’s claim that the president has the right to order drone missile assassination of any individual on the planet, including US citizens, at his own discretion, the depiction of such an attack by a major American film studio could well be seen as a veiled threat. There is no doubt that there were elements in the American government, aware of the mounting crisis and isolation of the North Korean dictatorship, who fully expected the film to be interpreted in that way in Pyongyang…

Excerpted/edited by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/nkor-d19.html

“FM Spokesman Refutes Remarks of U.S. Secretary of State” – Kerry slanders DPR Korea as “evil place” [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Genocide, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, State Department, US imperialism, USA on March 8, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, March 1 (KCNA) — The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Saturday blasting U.S. Secretary of State Kerry’s recent malignant mud-slinging at the DPRK:
Kerry in an interview on February 26 dared term the DPRK an “evil place” and next day he again pulled it up when he was releasing the U.S. Department of State’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013.”
This is another vivid expression of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK.
The U.S. secretary of State obsessed with hostility toward the DPRK can hardly understand supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s politics based on his love for the people and the situation of the DPRK where his people-first principle is being strictly observed thanks to it. Such hostile elements like Kerry would not like to see them though all other people in the world will be able to understand them in the future.
Kerry’s malignant invectives against the social system in the DPRK are no more than a manifestation of his frustration and outbursts let loose by the defeated as the DPRK is winning one victory after another despite the whole gamut of pressure upon it over the nuclear issue.
Before blaming others, Kerry had better ponder over what to say of the U.S., tundra of human rights, as it commits horrible genocide in various parts of the world in disregard of international law under the signboard of “liberty” and “democracy”.
The above-said reports do not deserve even a passing note as they are peppered with all lies and hypocrisy.
No matter what a wicked hypocrite he is, he should bear in mind that no pressure is workable on the DPRK.
No problem can be solved between the DPRK and the U.S. as long as the U.S. persists in its hostile policy toward the DPRK. The DPRK will keep going its own way. -0-

KCNA homepage: http://www.kcna.kp

UN report on North Korea targets both Pyongyang and Beijing

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Australia, Beijing, Black propaganda, Capitalist media double standard, China, China-bashing, Corporate Media Critique, DPR Korea, INS, Israel, Kim Jong Un, Media smear campaign, Obama, Psychological warfare, Pyongyang, Saudi Arabia, Sino-Korean Friendship, south Korea, State Department, US imperialism, USA on February 20, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Peter Symonds
18 February 2014

The UN report on human rights in North Korea released yesterday marks an acceleration of the US-led campaign to destabilise and ultimately remove the Pyongyang regime. The [alleged] catalogue of horrors in North Korea is designed to stampede public opinion behind any US provocations directed against Pyongyang, but above all to intensify the pressure on North Korea’s ally, China.

The highly political character of the UN commission of inquiry was underlined by the comments of its chair, former Australian judge Michael Kirby, who declared that the repressive methods of the North Korean regime were “strikingly similar” to the crimes of Nazi Germany. He likened North Korean prisons to the Nazi concentration camps in which millions of Jews, gypsies and political prisoners were exterminated.

Kirby has already written to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, declaring that his commission is recommending that “the international criminal court render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for the crimes against humanity.” In his comments yesterday, Kirby declared that the purpose of the commission’s report was to “galvanize action on the part of the international community.”

Kirby’s condemnation of the North Korean regime, picked up and amplified by the US and international media, recalls the demonisation of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic as the “Serbian Hitler” prior to the 1999 NATO bombing campaign that rained death and destruction on that country’s population. Similarly, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was subjected to a campaign of vilification prior to the illegal 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq that devastated the country and killed hundreds of thousands of people.

North Korea is a small, impoverished and isolated country, not an imperialist power like Germany, which, under the Nazis, launched wars of aggression that ravaged Europe…the targeting of governments and individuals by the UN and its associated institutions is invariably highly selective, politically coloured and geared to the predatory interests of the imperialist powers, above all the United States.

No one is suggesting that a UN commission of inquiry be established into any of the crimes of US imperialism, such as waging wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq — the crime for which the Nazi leaders were convicted at Nuremberg. Similarly, no UN investigations are under way into the crimes and human rights abuses of US allies such as Israel or Saudi Arabia.

The lengthy report is based largely on the testimony of North Korean refugees and exiles who provided [allegations] of their [prison] treatment…The commission of inquiry was barred from entering North Korea.

…the North Korean exile community, particularly in South Korea, is heavily influenced by anti-communist organisations, right-wing Christian groups and the state apparatus, particularly the South Korean National Intelligence Service. The UN commission of inquiry has now given its official seal to testimony from this layer.

It is no accident that the report itself echoes the propaganda that has emanated from Washington for years…

Those who should be held criminally responsible for starving the North Korean people are above all the successive US administrations that maintained an economic blockade of the country following the 1953 termination of the Korean War, in which the United States killed hundreds of thousands of Korean civilians and soldiers. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington systematically tightened the sanctions regime on North Korea in a calculated effort to bring about its collapse. Any humanitarian aid came with political strings attached. In the mid-1990s, economic sanctions compounded food shortages caused by a string of natural disasters, leading to widespread famine and deaths.

While the role of the US and its allies in systematically destabilising North Korea goes unmentioned, the UN commission report does single out China for special mention. It specifically criticises China for its return of asylum seekers to North Korea, suggesting that it is in breach of its obligations under international refugee laws.

China is not alone, however, in branding asylum seekers as so-called “economic refugees” and…repatriating them. Governments in Kirby’s own country, Australia, are notorious for the “refoulement” of refugees.

The real purpose of the accusation against China is to place it in the dock alongside North Korea, potentially opening up Chinese leaders to charges of complicity in “crimes against humanity.” The UN commission report feeds directly into the Obama administration’s escalating provocations and pressure against China throughout the Indo-Pacific region, as part of its “pivot to Asia.”

The US is targeting North Korea in particular because it is China’s only formal ally and acts as a buffer for China on its northern border. A change of regime in Pyongyang to one sympathetic to Washington would further tighten the noose of US alliances, bases and strategic partnerships around China.

Not surprisingly, the US State Department welcomed the UN report.. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal praised the report for “naming and shaming Pyongyang’s accomplices in Beijing.”

The editorial continued, “The report marks the first major mention of China by name in a UN assessment of North Korea,” and concluded by bluntly declaring, “The report’s findings underscore that Western policy should focus on squeezing the regime with a goal of toppling it.”

The trip to Asia by US Secretary of State John Kerry over the past week signaled that the Obama administration intends to step up the “squeeze” not only on North Korea, but China as well. North Korea topped the agenda in Kerry’s talks with Chinese leaders. He told the media that China had to use “every tool at their disposal, all of the means of persuasion that they have” to compel North Korea to denuclearise.

By extending the accusations against the North Korean regime to “crimes against humanity”, the US is effectively ruling out any compromise or deal with North Korea and setting course for a confrontation with Pyongyang and its ally in Beijing.

Edited / excerpted by Zuo Shou; full article here: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/18/kore-f18.html

DPRK’s Jang Song-Thaek executed [Xinhua]

Posted in DPR Korea, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Workers Party of Korea WPK on December 17, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

PYONGYANG, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — Jang Song-Thaek, deposed senior official of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has been executed after the Special Military Tribunal found him guilty of treason, the official news agency KCNA reported on Friday.

Jang, vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) administration department, was executed on Thursday immediately after the Special Military Tribunal convicted him of committing “unforgivable crime as traitor,” the report said.

Labeled as a so-called “reformer” by outside forces, Jang has been day-dreaming about being recognized as a “new regime,” the special military tribunal said in a verdict.

The 67-year-old senior general, who was married to DPRK leader Kim Jong Un’s biological aunt, admitted at the trial that he has premeditated a coup against Kim, the report said.

Under the DPRK’s Constitution, he was sentenced to death penalty [sic] and the execution was conducted immediately, the verdict said.

Jang, who has formed a faction within the party, has committed crimes such as the abuse of power and has challenged the country’s “sole leadership system,” the verdict said, stressing that “the discovery and purge of the Jang group … made our party and revolutionary ranks purer.”

Anyone “who dares challenge the absolute authority and sole leadership of our dear Marshal Kim Jong Un will end up with unpardonable deathful [sic] punishment, no matter who he is and where he is hiding,” the report said.

Jang was stripped of all posts and titles for “anti-party and counter-revolutionary crime” after an enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee on Sunday. He was arrested at the scene, showed the video footage of the Korean Central TV.

The DPRK media has given an intensive coverage about the ordinary people’s “angry” reaction to Jang’s misdeed, calling on all party members, the army and people to be united under the leadership of Kim, the report said.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-12/13/c_132964320.htm

Korean Central News Agency website with English news access here: http://www.kcna.kp/kcna.user.home.retrieveHomeInfoList.kcmsf