Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s young leader, ordered a family massacre following his uncle Jang Song-thaek’s execution in December 2013. Yonhap, South Korea’s state news agency, broke the news that Jang’s relatives, including babies were brutally executed, some even before the eyes of their neighbors. There are no further details with regard to the date when Jang’s family was killed.
The news that Kim Jong-un ordered a family massacre was first brought to light by South Korea’s state news agency, which featured unnamed sources who confirmed that all the blood relatives of the leader’s uncle were eliminated, including ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia. The execution presumably took place one month after the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was killed for trying to bring down the government. Before being sentenced to death, Kim’s presumably infamous uncle admitted his crimes. A statement issued by Korean Central News Agency mentioned that Jang and his allies, who were also executed, were accused of “dreaming different dreams” which included drug use, womanizing, gambling, undergoing medical treatment in a foreign country and eating at expensive restaurants.
The executed family includes the nephew of Jang, Jang Yong-chol, the ambassador to Malaysia and his two sons, both aged about 20 and Jang’s sister Kye-sun along with her husband Jon Yong-jin, North Korea’s ambassador to Cuba. The ambassadors were brought back to Pyongyang and executed while Jang Yong-chol’s wife was ordered to divorce her husband and go “to a camp in a faraway region.”
Unnamed sources mentioned that Kim Jong-un’s people dragged some of Jang’s relatives out of their houses and executed them in front of their neighbors for showing resistance. The ordered family massacre excluded women who were not Jang’s blood relatives, but the “extensive executions” wiped out the former military general’s family.
“This regime, I think, is trying to intimidate anyone that might have independent ideas or harbor any ambitions,” Marcus Noland, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics said.
Noland also believes that Jang’s arrest and execution represent a novelty even for the infamous Kim Jong-un. “You hear rumors about it, but this theatrical arrest earlier in this week and now this execution are unprecedented.”
Following Jang’s death, Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf mentioned that “we are following developments in North Korea closely and consulting with our allies and partners in the region.” So far, there are no further details with regard to the global reaction after Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered his uncle’s family massacre.
Mike Chinoy, a senior fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California believes that Jang’s execution was “the most dramatic, highly visible shakeup in the North Korean leadership in decades.” The death of the military general’s entire family has not been yet commented by any source in North Korea, but Yonhap is known for its unfairness when it comes to its enemy country.
Recent news show that Kim Jong-un ordered a family massacre after executing his uncle in mid-December 2013. Although the time of the mass murders is still unknown, anonymous sources mention that Jang’s blood relatives have been brutally killed. No comments have been offered by North Korean officials with regard to the current headlines.
By Gabriela Motroc