The world was stunned when Kim Jong-un had his uncle executed for a variety trumped up crimes against the state, reports the South China Morning Post and Reuters posting Monday in Asia.
The execution of Jang Song-thaek, who was considered the second most powerful man in the secretive country, showed why the world must make a united stand against North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Kerry said in an interview for US television, ABC News exclusive Sunday morning.
Secretary of State Kerry notes that this is not the first execution by Kim; he had his girlfriend executed last August, along with her other associates. Kerry sees it a signal of instability.
Kerry classifies Kim as ruthless and reckless and he likened him to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
"This is the nature of this ruthless, horrendous dictatorship and of his insecurities," he added.
Because nuclear weapons in the hands of this type of ruthless dictator, Kerry acknowledges that relations with Beijing in this matter needs close attention and soon.
'China is critical to any successful outcome with respect to denuclearizing North Korea. And we are now doing a more cooperative approach to the peninsula,' Kerry said.
While Kerry addressed the issue of North Korea, he returned yesterday to Vietnam's Mekong Delta, which he navigated as a wartime gunboat skipper, to highlight its vulnerability to climate change.
He traveled by boat through Ca Mau, a once-dangerous Viet Cong stronghold. At the pier of the small port ofKien Vang, he spoke to officials and students. 'It is obviously amazing for me to be here today,' he said.
Wang Xiangwei, editor and chief of South Asian Morning Post, gave an analysis of the Kim Jong-un, by using a comparison to emperors in the history of Asia. He compares Kim to emperors of the past, as one who is seeking to establish his absolute authority, would often strike at and eliminate those mandarins and close family members who were most trusted by his predecessor. Often, those who helped the new emperor ascend to the throne suffered the worst consequences.
In the case of Kim, who is believed to be about 30, at least four of the seven leaders who marched with him with his father's hearse, including Jang, have now reportedly been sidelined or purged, according to Xiangwei.
Because the executed, Jang, was considered a leading advocate for Chinese-style economic reforms and a key official overseeing the regime's tentative steps to open up its closed economy, is expected to have profound implications for Beijing.
Much of China’s economic plan was to deal with China in selling gold and minerals plus land leases, which were planned by Jang. His plans for these economic goals were used against him as crimes against the state.
North Korea becoming unstable and out of control would be worse for China .This is particularly true as Beijing and Washington try to forge a ‘new type of great power relationship’ and step up co-operation on major international issues, including the Korea dispute, despite the frequent fiction between the two sides.
At a time when President Xi Jinping is taking a more assertive stance on international issues pertaining to national security, Beijing should get tougher with North Korea, with the support of US and other members of international community, according to Xiangwei’s commentary of the situation.