N.Korean Campaign Against Jang Song-taek Continues

The North Korean regime is busy trying to sway public opinion in the North against eminence grise Jang Song-taek to legitimize his ouster.

The official Rodong Sinmun daily on Tuesday said news of Jang's ouster by the Workers Party Politburo was causing "huge reverberations" among party members and the public. The paper quoted various officials criticizing Jang.

Kim Song-yun, head of the North's mathematics institute, was quoted as comparing leader Kim Jong-un with the sun and asking, "How could Jang Song-taek dare to try and cover the sun with his hands?" He added that for North Korean workers, Kim is the sole leader.

Ri Won-chol, the vice chancellor of Kimchaek Institute of Technology, said he realized the importance of "ideological training" after watching how people who seemingly supported the leader "committed such ungrateful acts behind his back."

The propaganda drive seems aimed at quelling any possible unrest following Jang's removal.

Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korean Studies said that the Rodong Sinmun report intended to stress Kim's sole leadership "without taking into account the true feelings of the public."

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 11, 2013 11:52 KST