Kim Jong Un executes uncle's family - report

Last updated 10:07 27/01/2014

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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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