December 15, 2013 5:00 am -

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers a New Year address in PyongyangAs if killing his own ex-regent uncle wasn’t disturbing enough, late Saturday brought a fresh report of yet more ominous weirdness from the undisputed supreme leader’s nightmare Hermit Kingdom of North Korea:

Kim Jong Un is telling North Korean business people in China to come home, reports the BBC.

North Korea’s supreme leader had his second in command and uncle, Jang Song Thaek, arrested, tried, sentenced and executed for treason and other crimes this week. The breathtaking speed of the purge has left outside observers speculating about the internal dynamics at play. But North Korea isn’t completely closed off to its ally China, which which it has some commercial and development ties.

However, Jang Song Thaek was in charge of economic ties with China, the Christian Science Monitor notes. …

With his death, now the North Korean regime is recalling other North Korean business people in the north-eastern Chinese cities of Shenyang and Dandong, possibly as a test of loyalty, the BBC reported Friday.

D.B. Hirsch
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