North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
made his first reference to the execution of his powerful uncle
in a New Year's address, saying the reclusive state's ruling
party had become stronger after it was purged of "factional
And as he called for better relations with South Korea, he
warned that another war on the Korean peninsula would cause a
massive nuclear disaster that would hit the United States.
Kim, the third generation of his family to rule North Korea,
did not refer by name to his uncle Jang Song Thaek, who was
executed last month in a rare public purge for crimes against
the ruling Workers' Party and harming national interest.
"Our party took a firm measure to get rid of factional filth
that permeated the party," Kim said in a broadcast on state
televsion that appeared to be pre-recorded, without showing if
he was speaking to an audience.
"Our unity strengthened hundredfold and party and
revolutionary lines became more solid by purging the anti-party
and anti-revolutionary faction," Kim said.