Angered by Pyongyang’s purge of Jang, Beijing hints at retaliation

Jang Song-Thaek, left, meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing in August 2012.   /www.news.cn

Jang Song-Thaek, left, meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing in August 2012. /www.news.cn

SEOUL — Beijing was caught unawares by the surprise execution of Jang Song-Thaek, an advocate of Chinese-style reform, sources here said. As a result, China was said to be preparing sanctions on North Korea, including closing a valve on the cross-border oil pipeline. Jang, the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un by marriage, was purged and executed on Dec. 12 on charges of treason and other anti-state criminal acts.

 

 
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