North Korean businessmen in China are now being ordered to return to Pyongyang in what is believed to be the latest effort of a crackdown on Jang Song-thaek loyalists.
The calling back of the businessmen was aimed at cracking the whip on those “classified as having connections” with Jang, who served as a key go-between with China, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said yesterday, citing unnamed sources.
The reclusive state meanwhile launched a fresh media blitz in a bid to rationalise Jang’s elimination and rally support behind its young leader.Rodong Sinmun, the official daily, splashed on its front page a colour photo of Kim touring a military design institute. The undated photo is the first of Kim to appear since Jang’s execution.
The pictures (also above) show Kim and Choe Ryong-hae, who holds the military rank of vice-marshal, checking up on the progress of Kim’s cherished project, the “world class” Masik Pass Ski Resort, along with some other military officers, just days after the execution of Jang.
Meanwhile, amidst the purge, the always cool and collected sometimes-diplomat Dennis Rodman has confirmed that he will be going to North Korea, if you were wondering, where he’ll celebrate Kim’s birthday and talk about whatever the fuck it is they talk about when they’re together.