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Power rearrangement under way in DPRK: S. Korean defense minister

English.news.cn   2013-12-04 15:12:49            

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Power rearrangement has been under way in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), South Korea's defense minister said Wednesday after Seoul's spy agency claimed DPRK leader Kim Jong Un ousted his uncle.

"Two years after Kim Jong Un took power, some work is under way within North Korea (DPRK) to rearrange power structure," Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said at the biannual meeting with top military commanders, according to local media reports.

Kim noted that Pyongyang was strengthening its military capabilities across the nation under these circumstances, urging the military commanders to maintain high vigilance against possible provocations from the DPRK.

His comments came a day after the National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported to lawmaker Jung Chung-rae, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, about the possible ouster of Jang Song-taek, uncle of DPRK leader Kim Jung-un and vice chairman of the DPRK's national defense commission.

Citing the NIS reports, Jung said that two close aides to Jang were executed in late November, saying that it had a high likelihood for Jang to have been purged as he has not been seen after the execution.

Unification Ministry spokeswoman Park Soo-jin said at the Wednesday press briefing that it was highly likely for Jang to have lost all his posts.

Park, however, noted that there has been no official media report from the DPRK unlike other cases, saying that it needs to closely monitor what will happen in Pyongyang.

Editor: Shen Qing
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