Kim Jong-un 'Torn Up Over Uncle's Execution'

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been seen weeping and showing other signs of psychological turmoil since the execution of his uncle Jang Song-taek, Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun claimed Wednesday.

The daily, whose reports on North Korea are not always reliable, quoted a source in Guangzhou, China as saying that the execution came at the urging of military Politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae and Minister for State Security Kim Won-hong, whose influence and power have been growing rapidly, and that Kim merely signed the order.

The source said it looks like Kim Jong-un had no idea the execution would proceed so quickly, and there is talk that he was "upset" about having been responsible for killing his own uncle. The source claimed Kim Jong-un was "weeping" until celebrations of the second anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death on Dec. 17, five days after the execution.

The paper quoted accounts that Kim was drunk when he ordered the executions of two of Jang's confidants.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 26, 2013 12:21 KST

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