December 13th, 2013
05:51 AM ET

Uncertainty after North Korean execution

As the shock sinks in of North Korea's extraordinary announcement of the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle and former protector, government officials and analysts are trying to decipher what the brutal move means.

The ruthless disposal of Jang Song Thaek - Kim's uncle by marriage who had, until recently, been regarded as the second-most powerful figure in the secretive, nuclear-armed nation - has serious implications for North Korea, its neighbors and the United States, observers said.

But exactly what is going on inside the notoriously opaque North Korea regime remains as murky as ever.


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  1. Olive

    I think the implications might possibly be somewhat serious. If Dennis Rodman was smart he maybe shouldn't go back over there. And if they decide to im prison him and the exhibition team he is organizing, how will the US govt react?

    December 13, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      The Us government shouldn't react at all. Dennis and team know full well the situation in N. Korea and if they still decide to go, they should be required to sign a waiver stating that they are doing this of their own accord and the US is not in any way obligated to ensure their safety.

      December 13, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Kim is cleaning house. 6 out of 7 of his father's advisors are gone now...he is getting a little reckless. The US should watch him, but not for the Rodman reason, but for the fact that NK has nuclear weapons and doesn't seem to posess the same restraint his father did.

      December 13, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I know banasy. From what I read, paranoia seems to be a big driving factor in his movements. One of the thoughts behind his latest move indicates his belief of his uncle creating a rival force within the military. Bananas and Froot Loops. The breakfast of Kim.

      December 13, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Paranoia seems to be a big driving force behind his purge. It was purported that his uncle was trying to create a rival force inside the military. (at least in Kims mind) It's possible that he could be so fearful that he feels the need to remove those who would possibly represent the biggest challenge to his rule.

      December 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Paranoia has always driven that dynasty. With good cause; ruthless begets ruthless.

      December 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Hmm maybe Kim Jong Un is next eh?

    December 13, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You think he's going to take himself out? He's the one that ordered his uncle's execution.

      December 13, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Juan Jiminez

    What did the guy supposedly do???

    December 13, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Supposedly plotting to overthrow Kim Un, among other things.

      December 13, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And now the alphabet man has returned to see how much space he can take up on these blogs.

    December 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Good morning.Agree with sentiments expressed by you good folks.Situation, given the unpredictability and secrecy defining N.K regimes is tricky at best.
    Caution but non-interference is the way to go.
    As for Rodman, he knows what he is doing, I hope.

    December 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Sorry @ banasy i didnt read that the chubby one ordered it. That mustve been written somewhere else.

    December 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol@the chubby one.

      December 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Even so i wouldnt be at all surprised if the people of NK take it upon theirselves to rid them of that hot mess of a non human!

    December 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 1608®

    Another Colorado school shooting. WHEN THE LL WILL IT END??????

    December 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ 1608, never! Humans are the most destructive creatures on the planet!

    December 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Oh and so nice to see you back by the way!

    December 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608®

      By the way.. Congratulations great grand.

      December 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lol aww @ 1608 you remembered. Its not til january tho!

    December 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Now lets hope the baby daddy gets his act together before then. I love him to death but i feel sorry for his gf and that baby cuz he aint parent material.

    December 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 1608®

    I didn't think i was until my first. I now have five. Birth date 01/08/14.

    December 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608®

      That's the birth of your grand.

      December 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608®

      That's the birth of your grand. Your great grand.

      December 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Wow now how did you know that?

    December 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    And my grandson has mega probs right now. In fact hes in jail. He never got over his birth mothers death i think. Was a drug overdose.

    December 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
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