What next for North Korea?

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s uncle has been dramatically purged from power and executed. What does this mean for the pace of reform? Simon Wilson reports.

What happened?

Jang Song-thaek, an uncle by marriage of North Korea’s young dictator Kim Jong-un – and long regarded as Kim’s mentor and right-hand man – was last week dramatically purged from power and summarily executed.

Jang, who in the months after the death in 2011 of Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, was seen as the regent for the “Great Successor”, was denounced as a traitor in front of his party comrades, manhandled [...]

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