North Korean leader says purge was a cleansing of 'filth'

By REUTERS
January 1, 2014 06:36

 
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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 filth."

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.


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