Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
“Her husband was a tall, slender, handsome man…as soon as they arrived, Kim Jong-il introduced us. ‘This is my younger sister, Kim Kyong-hui. This is Madame Choi. Say hello.’ Kyong-hui introduced herself first, then her husband said, smiling, ‘How do you do? I’m Chang Song-taek.”–Choi Eun-hee
“…he was clever and opportunistic in his own self-interest.”– Hwang Jang Yop on when he met Jang at KISU
The election of Jang Song Taek as NDC Vice Chairman on 7 June 2010 reaffirmed his status as one of the regime’s most important personalities. For the time being Jang remains as one of KJI’s primary political managers; if you’re wearing your Sheena Chesnut hat, Jang Song Taek is KJI’s underboss.
Mr. Jang’s four-decade career, charismatic personality and his personal ties across Party, government and the military make him the ideal manager of a hereditary succession campaign. He is also the regime’s most viable option, should the accession of Kim Jong Un become unpalatable.