Kim Jong Un’s Uncle Was ‘Despicable Human Scum,’ Says Pyongyang’s Propaganda Machine

State news wire says the executed Jang Song Thaek was "a traitor to the nation for all ages"

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flanked by his uncle, North Korean politician Jang Song Thaek, leaves a military parade on Feb. 16, 2012

Kim Jong Un’s uncle Jang Song Thaek has been executed, according to KCNA, the state news wire. In a excoriating and overwrought dispatch, the party mouthpiece called Jang “despicable human scum” and a traitor “for all ages.” Party purges are typically closed-door affairs in North Korea, which makes the dispatch’s tone and detail all the more surprising. Here are some highlights — or lowlights, as it were:

On Jang’s “trial”:

Upon hearing the report on the enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the service personnel and people throughout the country broke into angry shouts that a stern judgment of the revolution should be meted out to the anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional elements.

On the “verdict”:

Every sentence of the decision served as sledge-hammer blow brought down by our angry service personnel and people on the head of Jang, an anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional element and despicable political careerist and trickster.

On Jang’s alleged crimes:

The accused is a traitor to the nation for all ages who perpetrated anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts in a bid to overthrow the leadership of our party and state and the socialist system.

And his betrayal of Kim Jong Un:

It is an elementary obligation of a human being to repay trust with sense of obligation and benevolence with loyalty. However, despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.

More on betrayal:

From long ago, Jang had a dirty political ambition. He dared not raise his head when Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were alive. But, reading their faces, Jang had an axe to grind and involved himself in double-dealing. He began revealing his true colors, thinking that it was just the time for him to realize his wild ambition in the period of historic turn when the generation of the revolution was replaced.

Jang committed such an unpardonable thrice-cursed treason as overtly and covertly standing in the way of settling the issue of succession to the leadership with an axe to grind when a very important issue was under discussion to hold respected Kim Jong Un in high esteem as the only successor to Kim Jong Il in reflection of the unanimous desire and will of the entire party and army and all people.

And something about “cat’s paws”:

Jang did serious harm to the youth movement in our country, being part of the group of renegades and traitors in the field of youth work bribed by enemies. Even after they were disclosed and purged by the resolute measure of the party, he patronized those cat’s paws and let them hold important posts of the party and state.

It remains to be seen if Jang’s vast network of allies, friends and relatives will meet the same fate.

11 comments
ShakirinaLIkram
ShakirinaLIkram

I GUESS being family does NOT count in today's North Korea! IT sets a precedent to its young citizens that is is alright to `kill' your paternal aunt's (the sister to the his father, Kim JUng-il) husband JUST to consolidate his Power and remove any possible challlenges or someone who was once his mentor!

At 30, he must be feeling on top of the world flexing his `muscles' at China and the free world with ties to his immediate neighbour, South Korea.

KIM Jung-Un athe best is actually anovice at Governing and for this I am very sure he will have to look over his shoulders for some time!

Having all the Presidents Men, so to speak, will NOT guarantee -  that he will prolong his father's and grandfather's legacy!

With constant threat to illustrate and display NK's Nuclear prowess and Power, its yet to be seen what actually he has between his ears, as his country is made of adulating and starving population! 

For how long! Jang's ouster was triggered by an associate's defection to the South!

Now with the execution - the scenario unfolding will throw us back to the pre-modern era of the two Koreas and the warring tribes before the Joseon Kingdom!

South Korea will be always be the bone of contention, as its far more advanced in many aspects than its poor North neighbor! Having a lady as President, has already annoyed him to bits!  Wasted years in Switzerland, looks like! 

I would have thought with exposure to western cultures, he would pay closer attention to the `respect your elders' Asian Buddhist and Confucius teachings. 

Now he's got blood on his hands just like Cain! 

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

In communist countries like n. Korea, China and Vietnam - hero today and executed despicable scum tomorrow. This is their normal life style...

anti-government
anti-government

In North Korea, they kill their "despicable human scum".

Here in America, we elect them to public office.

Copy_Culture
Copy_Culture

why is it that there can never be, in these "countries of revolution," another revolution to get rid of such countries?

craigslistrr
craigslistrr

Its all speculation. Nobody knows anything., the outside world doesnt even know the little guys age.

mafriemann
mafriemann

You want to bet- IF this writer here- writing this story- would submit to same interrogations- siuch as electric shock, water boarding etc - she woulkd admit- that she killed her mother, and tried to kill many more.

soshaljustic
soshaljustic

The little fat boy is held in check by the military machine, pure puppet. He did something that has gotten his uncle executed! 

BruceCross
BruceCross

Human scum? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

xiaoyixiao36
xiaoyixiao36

The victor becomes a king and the loser a bandit. This rule run throughout our human history.

AlexBrown1
AlexBrown1

@anti-governmentconsider yourself lucky the 'despicable human scum' in the states doesn't throw hundreds of thousands in labor camps and execute people for 'dreaming different dreams'.