Published On: Fri, Dec 13th, 2013

Kim Jong-un late uncle executed.

Kim Jong-un late uncle executed.

Jang Song-thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is executed. This has the North Korean state news agency KCNA reported Thursday. He would have tried to throw down the state.”

Sunday was already reported that he had fallen because of “criminal acts.”  Jang Song-thaek was accused of economic mismanagement, corruption, womanizing and using drugs and alcohol.

The resignation of Jang meant the biggest human displacement since the death in 2011 of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the father of the current leader. In addition to senior positions within the Labour Party and the army Jang Song-thaek also served as vice chairman of the National Defense Commission of the extremely closed Asian country.

In the US, the White House said it could not independently verify the reports but had “no reason to doubt” them.

“If confirmed, this is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime. We are following developments in North Korea closely and consulting with our allies and partners in the region,” it said in a statement.

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Jang Song-thaek, his hands tied with a rope

Jang Song-thaek, his hands tied with a rope

 

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