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North Korean official says execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle won't change economic policies

In this Feb. 16, 2013 image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, along with his aunt Kim Kyong Hui, right, attends a statue unveiling ceremony in Pyongyang, North Korea on the anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's birthday. The aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been named to an ad-hoc state committee, the country's official media reported Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, an indication that the execution of her husband and the country's No. 2, Jang Song Thaek ,has not immediately diminished her influence. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File) TV OUT, NORTH KOREA OUT
December 15, 2013 - 2:26 AM

PYONGYANG, North Korea - A senior North Korean official says the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's once-powerful uncle won't lead to changes in economic policies and the nation will push ahead with plans for new economic zones to attract foreign investment.

Yun Yong Sok, a senior official in the State Economic Development Committee, said in an interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang on Sunday that Friday's execution of Jang Song Thaek shouldn't be taken as a sign that the North will change economic course or efforts to lure foreign investment.

Jang was considered North Korea's second most powerful man and a key architect of the country's economic policies. His purge and execution has raised questions about whether North Korea will be able to continue policies aimed at raising its standard of living.

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