Wednesday, November 17, 2010

North Korean heir Kim Jong-un and his father purging the party?

North Korean has been investigating senior officials for corruption since early November in what appears to be a purge led by Kim Jong-il's heir Jong-un, a defector organization said Tuesday.

A Unification Ministry official speculated, "Like his father, Kim Jong-un will probably try to consolidate his hold on power through bloody purges in his early days in office."

Quoting an internal North Korean source, the Workers Party inspected Musan-gun and caught more than 15 senior party and security officials who had turned a blind eye to defections and/or took bribes. Many of the arrested officials were apparently in charge of supervising border garrisons and security agencies.

Kim Jong-il faced critical moments, he has often tightened his grip with purges. 
In October 1992, the year after he became supreme commander of the Army, he purged about 20 military officers who had studied in the Soviet Union for criticizing the regime. In April 1995, the year after regime founder Kim Il-sung's death, he detected suspicious movements in Sixth Army Corps in North Hamgyong Province and executed hundreds of soldiers there. In 1997, Kim had So Kwan-hi, then party secretary in charge of agricultural affairs, publicly executed in Pyongyang during the famine that killed millions, branding him a "spy of the U.S. imperialists." In the same context, the Kim dynasty had Pak Nam-gi, the then director of the party Planning and Finance Department, shot in March, calling him to account for the botched currency reform.

[Chosun Ilbo]

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