N. Korean Execution Portends Bloodshed: Falkenrath

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Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Contributing Editor Richard Falkenrath and Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute examine the North Korean government executing the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

You read this?

Is this a sign of increasing instability in north korea?

I think soap.

A public purse like this of someone from within the kim dynasty has not happened since the 50s. the indictment that was read to the court and on the official state media immediately prior to the execution said he is openly plotting against the current leader.

That has never happened before.

Sort this suggests is both a generational shift and the possibility of real bloodshed within the regime if not the country as a whole.

What to know about the man who was executed.

I understand he was in charge of the special economic -- here's trying to secure more foreign investment?

He was the outreach to the rest of the foreign world?

Not really.

He was a figure of continuity.

Here been known to the international community for 40 years.

Years regarded as something of a liberal, even though in north korean terms.

He was picked by the father of kim jong-il as someone to mentor kim jong onun and now he is gone.

South korea does not want a failed state.

It is not want to collapse.

It china does not want to see south korea advance up north of its border.

It is a pleasure that we have richard falkenrath and richard clarida with us.

He speaks to us now on north korea.

Michael o'hanlon, your perspective on the path forward for north korea.

How did he respond to this purging?

Nice to be on an good morning.

I don't have a whole lot to add, especially since we're speculating about the motives.

You ask about south korea specifically.

I don't think they do much except stay vigilant.

This is not an opportunity for any new policy initiative as richard pointed out.

Chang was seen as may be one of a few relatively reform minded north koreans, although even that has to be put into context.

It is not as if his disappearance represents the ascendancy of a new reform weighing that once a new policy of engagement.

If anything it is probably more the opposite.

It is a time to stay vigilant and worry a little more than usual, but the on that i'm not sure that soul are washington -- that seoul and washington are worried.

Was a distinction between the older people we see those images in the younger people like the new north korean leader?

I don't know yet.

One thing i had been helping and i guess i will still try to hope , but it is getting harder, is that the new kim was going to be somehow a slightly kinder and gentler kim.

That he would perhaps not immediately open up or reform but that he hopefully has no interest in presiding over a failed stalinist state for another half-century and that he would be looking for opportunities as he established himself to make tiny little changes at first heard this would suggest that he is of the old school.

He is brutal, he doesn't care about his own family.

He will kill almost on a whim.

Maybe this was an intense power struggle and maybe this was a personal grudge and who knows what else.

It doesn't bode well when you start knocking off people in your inner circle.

Thank you for your perspective this morning, michael.

I like the phrase a failed stalinist state.

What does that phrase mean to pros like you and dr.

O'hanlon?

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