Kim Jong Un executes uncle's family - report

23:04, Jan 26 2014
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Jang Song Thaek being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
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North Korea ousted the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un for what it described as a slew of criminal acts, confirming the spectacular downfall of the once second most powerful man in the reclusive state.
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Jang Song Thaek, with his hands tied with a rope, is dragged into the court by uniformed personnel in December, 2013.
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Kim Jong Un and Jang Song Thaek leave a military parade to mark the birth anniversary of the North's late leader Kim Jong Il.
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Uncle and nephew accompany the hearse carrying the coffin of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
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Kim Kyong Hui, younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and wife of Jang Song Thaek.
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Kim Kyong Hui had a powerful influence on her nephew Kim Jong Un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly wiped out an entire branch of his family, following the "purge" of his powerful uncle last year.

Jang Song Thaek, once regarded as the second-most powerful man in North Korea, was executed on charges of attempting to overthrow his nephew's regime, North Korean state media announced in December.

Today the Yonhap News Agency has reported the executions of all direct relatives of Jang, including children.

The dead included Jang's sister and her husband, who was the Ambassador to Cuba, as well as the Ambassador to Malaysia, who was a nephew of Jang, and his two sons, a source told the South Korean news agency.

The sons, daughters and even grandchildren of Jang's two brothers were all executed, they said. 

All were recalled to Pyongyang in early December and executed sometime after Jang's death on December 12.

"Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes," another source said.

It was an attempt to purge the entire Jang line, sources said.

"The executions of Jang's relatives mean that no traces of him should be left."

Jang Song Thaek's wife Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Jong Un's biological aunt, was believed to be in a coma after a brain operation. Earlier reports said the 67-year-old had died, either a heart attack or suicide.

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