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(THIS IS THE TRANSCRIPT FOR ARIRANG NEWS THAT AIRED ON 04 Dec 2013- 06:00 KST.)
Coming up on this Wednesday edition of Day Break, Jang Song-thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and widely considered to be the second most powerful man in the North has been ousted, and his confidants executed, according to South Korea's intelligence agency.
Korea's ruling and main opposition parties agree to launch a special parliamentary committee to reform the much maligned National Intelligence Service, which stands accused of meddling in last year's presidential election.
Lawmakers also agree to pass next year's budget bill before the end of the month.
Plus, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reassures Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance amid high tensions in northeast Asia.
Biden flies to Beijing Wednesday for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on China's recently established air defense zone.
Day Break begins now.
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Title: Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-thaek out, close aides executed
We begin with some major news out of North Korea
South Korea's spy agency says it believes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-thaek, a key figure in North Korea, has been purged.
The fall of Jang, and the reported execution of two of his close aides may reflect a major shift in the country's power structure.
Han Da-eun starts us off. To the surprise of many, Jang Song-thaek, who has been regarded as the second most influential man in North Korea since state leader Kim Jong-un took power, has reportedly been knocked out of multiple high-ranking positions.
Seoul's National Intelligence Service made an emergency report to the National Assembly Tuesday afternoon, saying that Jang had been overthrown, and two of his close confidants executed.
"Jang Song-taek's two aides Ri Yong-ha and Jang Su-gil were executed publicly in late November."
The two are said to have been executed on charges of plotting anti-communist party schemes against the Kim Jong-un regime.
Jang Song-thaek is not only Kim Jong-un's uncle; he has also been the strongest supporter of the North Korean leader, and oversaw the entire power succession process.
Also as a vice chairman, Jang had full control over the National Defense Commission, the state's most powerful party.
So why the sudden falling out?
Although there are no clear answers, the general consensus among political analysts, is that he was the loser in a power struggle with Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, foretelling a major shift in North Korea's power structure.
Choe is currently one of the four members of the decision-making Presidium of the Central Committee Workers' Party and vice-chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission.
South Korean officials presume, given the gravity of the matter, that Kim Jong-un is behind all this.
According to Seoul's National Intelligence Service, Kim is spreading word of the executions and feverishly conducting so-called 'ideology education' that calls for blind loyalty to his regime.
Amid the sudden change in Pyongyang's political landscape, the South Korean government is now keeping a keen eye on North Korea's internal political activities.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.