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Seoul on alert for 'reckless provocations' from Pyongyang

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by layman, Dec 18, 2013.

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    North Korea is feared to conduct provocations against South Korea in early 2014, Seoul said on Tuesday, noting that internal disorder within North Korea may escalate following the execution of Jang Sung-taek, the uncle-in-law of leader Kim Jong-un.

    South Korea's defense minister, Kim Kwan-jin, said during a video conference with top military commanders that "Jang's execution can become a major turning point in 68 years after the DPRK's regime establishment."

    In the short term, the execution can strengthen the North Korea's monolithic power structure temporarily, but internal disorder within Pyongyang could be escalated in the long run, Kim said.

    The minister said that various types of provocations may happen due to excessive competition within the military to show loyalty to leader Kim Jong-un, forecasting that it is highly likely that North Korea may strike between late January and early March next year.

    Jang Sung-taek, vice chairman of the National Defence Commission, was executed on Dec. 12 after a special military tribunal convicted him of committing "unforgivable crime as traitor." He was stripped of all posts and titles and arrested at enlarged session of the Political Bureau of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee on Dec. 8.

    South Korea's president, Park Geun-hye, voiced her concerns on Monday about the rising possibility for reckless provocation from Pyongyang, saying that unexpected accidents such as reckless provocation cannot be ruled out.

    Park added that the government should have a thorough grasp of whether North Korea may seek to cause disorder in South Korea, instructing officials to closely monitor the situation and prepare for all possibilities.

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