Wednesday, May 2, 2012

North Korean leader redeems honor of six purged senior officials

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has redeemed the honor of six senior state officials who had been purged under the late Kim Jong Il administration, it has been learned.

Sources close to the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) have told the Mainichi that Kim Jong Un nullified the purges of at least six senior officials with government institutions in February, after having investigative groups review the legitimacy of their liquidation and concluding that there were no reasons to purge them.

The move by the younger Kim, who has been putting forth "benevolent" policy measures since taking office, is apparently aimed at bolstering his centripetal force in the reclusive country. At the same time, however, he has been continuing with tight control of his aides and crackdowns on the borders between North Korea and China -- which suggests that he is applying a carrot-and-stick policy in governing his country.

According to the sources, the first vice director of the Ministry of Public Security was accused of espionage and was sentenced to death by firing squad during Kim Jong Il's administration. Read More