Volume 1. Jang Song Thaek is Kim Kyung Hui’s “dependent variable” (Intro)
News and rumors about purge of Jang Song Thaek and change in the power structure of North Korea show no sign of slowing down. NKSIS feels responsibility to disclose the truth behind the purge of Jang Song Thaek. From now on, series of the analysis from Kim Jong Il’s Will and Kim Jong Un’s future (2012), which foretold the purge in 2012, will be made public via our website. The series are composed of three volumes and will be uploaded in order.
Kim Kyung hui’s husband Jang Song Thaek had gone through dismissal more than two times in prior. Meanwhile, he succeeded to maintain his position as the second most powerful man in the Worker’s Party, administration, and military of North Korea.
Before his recent purge in December, Jang had served as member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau, the Central Committee of the Military Commission, Vice-chairman of the National Defense Commission, and Chief of the Central Administrative Department of Workers' Party.
In particular, he has experiences in core organizations such as the National Security Agency, Organization and Guidance Department, and the administration division of Worker’s Party which oversaw the police system and judiciary. However, his power must be defined as smaller than Kim Jong Un and Kim Kyung hui’s.
Whatever the vicissitudes of his past life, Jang seemed to have come through. He bounced back up like a roly-poly from past purges and held high ranks in many powerful divisions in North Korea which seemed impossible for other people.
The reason behind that is analyzed that he was the husband of Kyung hui whom Kim Il Sung loved and trust most and was expected to play a role as Kim Jong Un's key policy adviser, keeping the power transition smooth.
However, it is important to notice that Jang was mentioned only once in Kim Il Sung’s will. In addition to the fact, the phrase in the will was tangled with his wife: ‘Kim Kyung Hui and Jang Song Thaek.’ This means his role was limited as Kim Il Sung’s brother-in-law. In other words, Kim Il Sung separated centralized power into different levels in terms of ‘Kim Kyung Hui and Jang Song Thaek’ in the Workers Party, ‘Kim Jung Khak and Lee Young Ho’ in military, and ‘Cho Young Rim and Kim Chang Ryong’ and make them work as complementary organs.
Also in the Worker’s Party, each of the core people has different missions: Kim Kyung hui as Secretary for Organization of the Workers' Party of Korea directing internal affairs of the Party, Jang Song Thaek as chief officer of the Administration Department of Workers' Party, directing national security and international business, Cho Ryong Hae as director of military as a whole, and Kim Kyung Ok as manager of internal affairs in the Worker’s Party and military.
Simply referred estimated from Kim Il Sung’s Will, 25% of the Party’s power was given to Jang.
Although he became member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and the Central Committee of the Military Commission, he was one of tens of the officials which means his power was one tenths to be exact.
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