Photo gallery capturing the rise and fall of DPRK official Jang Song-thaek. Jang Song-thaek, född 2 februari 1946 i Kangwon, död 12 december 2013 i Pyongyang, var en nordkoreansk politiker och viktig medlem i den styrande Kim-klanen, då han var gift med den förre ledaren Kim Jong-ils syster Kim Kyong-hui. Jang Song Thaek being escorted to court (AFP/Getty Images) He was a key member of North Korea's first family, a man widely seen as regent to … The party, the state, the military and security apparatus remain committed, effective and unified in purpose. [22] Jang's importance continued to be demonstrated during his 2012 visit to China: various aspects of the visit echoed protocol which had previously been followed only for Kim Jong-il, including half of his entourage arriving ahead of time as an advance party, with the Chinese ambassador to North Korea, Liu Hongcai, returning to China beforehand to greet Jang upon his arrival. [28] Following Jang's fall from power, an analyst noted that Jang's "glaring absence" at the January 2013 meeting "signaled the emergence of a possible crack in the senior leadership, especially in the relationship between Kim and his all-powerful uncle, raising the possibility of divergent approaches between Kim and Jang" on North Korea foreign policy. [17], Jang re-emerged in March 2006, accompanying Kim Jong-il on an official visit to China. [57], The public received word of Jang's dismissal in the Rodong Sinmun on 12 December and were called to meetings to denounce Jang and pledge loyalty to Kim. All materials contained on this site are protected by Korean copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior consent of Joins.com. Kim Jong-un's uncle, who was previously considered the second most powerful man in North Korea, has been executed. It is speculated that the move was part of posturing to make Kim Jong-il's son Kim Jong-un the next leader of North Korea. He was a member of the funeral committee for Kim Il-sung in 1994. Pada awal tahun 2014, paman Kim Jong Un, Jang Song-Thaek, pernah dijatuhi hukuman mati oleh Kim. Subsequent reinforcements sent by Kim Jong-un seized control of the fisheries. Jang was accused of having committed "anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts" that included illicit affairs with women; harboring "politically-motivated ambition"; weakening "the party's guidance over judicial, prosecution and people's security bodies" and obstructing "the nation's economic affairs". North Korea%27s ambassador to Britain says Jang Song Thaek was shot He did not deny reports that Jang%27s family had also been punished He … Its report claims Jang … [4] It was later revealed that Jang had been actually appointed director of the Administration Department, an old agency of the Workers' Party abolished in 1990 and re-created by splitting the Organization Department. [13] In April 1992, he was named a member of the Order of Kim Il-sung. [28] An analyst viewed this as a "striking" choice, and noted that "it appears that as the perceived 'China man in Pyongyang'", Jang's "perceived close ties with China may have done a disservice to his standing in the eyes of Kim, exposed him to criticism of being too subservient to China, and made him vulnerable to any anti-China backlash in Pyongyang". But an account in  Wen Wei P o – China’s official mouthpiece – suggests the reality was even more disturbing. [3][4], Although the precise extent of Jang Song-thaek's power and position during his life cannot be confirmed, in 2008 South Korean government officials and academic North Korea experts suggested that he had taken on de facto leadership over North Korea while Kim Jong-il's health was declining and when Kim subsequently died. [44] The statement also said that Jang had "systematically denied the party line and policies, its organizational will" as if he were "a special being who could overrule either issues decided by the party or its line" and that Jang had been "disobeying the order of the Supreme Commander of the KPA" (i.e. [25][26], Jang said Kim Jong-un believed that bilateral relations with China are important and that the "profound friendship will be passed on from generation to generation" between China and North Korea. [13] Following his return, he married Kim Kyong-hui, the younger (and only) sister of Kim Jong-il. [5] Jang was vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission, a position considered second only to that of the Supreme Leader. Moon said that "He [Jang] could, therefore, have been purged and executed because of his obsession with material and organizational interests that challenged Kim Jong Un's reform initiative to streamline the country's economic management. Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un who was executed last month for "hideous" crimes, reportedly died a hideous death, … The statement accused Jang of bringing "serious harm to the youth movement in the DPRK, being part of the group of renegades and traitors in the field of youth work, bribed by the enemies". Rodman, 52, claims he saw Song-Thaek during his recent trip to North Korea. [44] The statement accused Jang of seeking to enlarge his own power, "stretching his tentacles to all ministries and national institutions" and turning the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee Administration Department, which Jang led, into a "little kingdom which no one dares touch"; Kim Jong-un disbanded the Administrative Department after Jang's fall. He met with Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Wang Jiarui, head of China's international department of the CPC central committee and minister in charge of the national development and reform commission, Zhang Ping, minister of finance Xie Xuren, minister of commerce Chen Deming, Liaoning provincial Party Committee Secretary Wang Min, Jilin provincial Party Committee Secretary Sun Zhengcai, and vice foreign minister Zhang Zhijun. Jang Song-thaek, second most powerful man in the country and uncle of Kim Jong-un, is removed for “criminal acts”. 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