North Korea

South Korean Lawmaker: Hard-Line Military Faction Behind Execution of Kim Jong Un Uncle

North Korean intrigue

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A lawmaker said Friday that a hard-line military faction led by Choe Ryong-hae, a vice marshal of the North Korean People's Army, was behind last week's execution of Jang Song-thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle and the country's former No. 2 man.

He also insisted that Kim Jong-un is merely a symbolic figure in the reclusive country and that Choe holds ultimate power.

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