Portrait of a Family at War: Kim Jong Il Purges Relatives after Alleged Coup Bid
Becker, Jasper, The Independent (London, England)
NORTH KOREA'S Kim Jong Il has purged some of his closest relatives, accusing them of trying to seize power, reports in Beijing and Seoul said.
The purge began some months ago when Kim Jong Il put his brother- in-law, Chang Song-taek, under house arrest along with 80 other officials and their family members. Many have reportedly been sent to North Korea's Gulag in the largest purge in a decade.
Some diplomats believe the power struggles may be connected the pace and scope of economic reforms. Kim Jong Il is reportedly preparing to announce new changes to the political and economic system in late February when the country celebrates his birthday.
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