Jang's Purge a Sign of Bigger Economic Problems in North Korea

East Asia Forum, 2013

4 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2016

Date Written: December 18, 2013

Abstract

Jang Sung-taek has been purged and executed, in a way that suggests that Kim Jong-un wanted to make a point. This unusual procedure is without a doubt a sign of major problems. Otherwise, the overambitious uncle would have been removed silently, as has happened so many times before.

But putting all this on display before the people is clearly meant to be a statement, and a warning.

Keywords: Korea (North and/or South), North Korea (politics and society), North Korean Economy, North Korea, North Korean Studies

Suggested Citation

Frank, Ruediger, Jang's Purge a Sign of Bigger Economic Problems in North Korea (December 18, 2013). East Asia Forum, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2881264

Ruediger Frank (Contact Author)

University of Vienna ( email )

Spitalgasse 2, 2.3
Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

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