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S. Korea voices deep concerns about Jang Song-Thaek's execution

English.news.cn   2013-12-13 10:50:25            

Jang Song-Thaek, deposed senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has been executed after the Special Military Tribunal found him guilty of treason, the official news agency KCNA reported on Friday. (Xinhua)

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- South Korea expressed deep concerns about a series of occurrences in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including the execution of Jang Song-Thaek, uncle- in-law of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday.

"The government is closely monitoring the series of incidents, which are happening in North Korea (DPRK), with deep concerns," Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do said in a televised statement.

Kim said South Korea will make a full readiness against all possibilities in the DPRK, noting that it will closely consult with its allies and related countries.

The statement came after Kim Jang-soo, chief security adviser to President Park Geun-hye, held a national security policy coordination meeting with ministers of defense and unification as well as intelligence agency head after Jang's execution was announced.

Jang, 67, uncle of Kim Jong Un and widely viewed as the DPRK's No. 2 man, was executed Thursday immediately after the Special Military Tribunal convicted him of committing "unforgivable crime as traitor."

The deposed senior general, who was vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) administration department, admitted at the trial that he has premeditated a coup against Kim.

Jang was stripped of all posts and titles for "anti-party and counter-revolutionary crime" after an enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee on Sunday.

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