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N.Korea executes leader's uncle as a traitor

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:36 a.m. HST, Dec 13, 2013


PYONGYANG, North Korea » North Korea on Friday announced the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle, calling the leader's former mentor a traitor and "worse than a dog."

The announcement came only days after Pyongyang announced through state media that Jang Song Thaek — long considered the country's No. 2 power — had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and leading a "dissolute and depraved life."

Jang was seen as helping Kim Jong Un consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago. Jang was the latest and most significant in a series of personnel reshuffles that Kim has conducted in an apparent effort to bolster his power.

Some analysts see the purge as a sign of Kim Jong Un's growing confidence, but there has also been fear in Seoul that the removal of such an important part of the North's government — seen by outsiders as the leading supporter of Chinese-style economic reforms — could create dangerous instability or lead to a miscalculation or attack on the South.

Tensions are still high on the Korean Peninsula following a torrent of threats in March and April by Kim Jong Un's government against Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, including vows of missile and nuclear strikes and warnings that Pyongyang would restart nuclear bomb fuel production.

Jang was married to Kim Jong Un's aunt, Kim Kyong Hui, the younger sister of Kim Jong Il. He was earlier described by state media as "abusing his power," being "engrossed in irregularities and corruption," and taking drugs and squandering money at casinos while undergoing medical treatment in a foreign country.







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lokela wrote:
They no fool around. Shoot and ask questions later.
on December 12,2013 | 11:11AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I predict a mass exodus of everyone in Korea who likes breathing, eating and fornicating.
on December 12,2013 | 11:28AM
IAmSane wrote:
"Mass exodus"? North Koreans can't even leave their own country without risk of getting themselves and their families executed. (Unless you're talking about South Korea.)
on December 12,2013 | 11:42AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Do you ever have anything both intelligent and meaningful in content. Your beginning to sound a lot like Allie-we dont need another Allie.
on December 12,2013 | 11:59AM
loquaciousone wrote:
You should stick to golfin. You obviously don't have anything better to do than to read stuff that you don't like.
on December 12,2013 | 12:10PM
Anonymous wrote:
Executed for alleged corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and leading a "dissolute and depraved life." ------------------- Heck, those are qualities required to get elected in the States.
on December 12,2013 | 11:32AM
false wrote:
No less here in Hawaii. What the……….?
on December 12,2013 | 11:48AM
Papakolea wrote:
Just for the record, Clinton did not inhale....
on December 12,2013 | 11:59AM
cojef wrote:
Nor had sex with that woman!
on December 12,2013 | 05:09PM
Anonymous wrote:
"Sexual relations". Gotta be specific in impeachment proceedings.
on December 12,2013 | 07:08PM
krusha wrote:
I guess Rodman will be named his new #2 soon. :)
on December 12,2013 | 12:04PM
AlexandriaB wrote:
Scary, scary, scary. He brings to mind Hitler, another evil, demented "leader," and we all know how THAT ended.
on December 12,2013 | 12:04PM
cojef wrote:
Worst yet, Stalin did eliminate all potential threats to his position in the Communist Party.
on December 12,2013 | 05:12PM
false wrote:
Maybe we need more like this in the U.S. to empty our overcrowded prisons. Staying on death row over 10 years is a little much, no?
on December 12,2013 | 03:03PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Kim Chee III needs to be "whacked".....that kid is a clueless spoiled brat.....
on December 12,2013 | 03:05PM
cojef wrote:
You mean like the "affluenza" 16 year old rich brat that killed 4 in Texas??
on December 12,2013 | 05:14PM
nippy68 wrote:
You mean dork looking fat pig brat.....
on December 12,2013 | 06:18PM
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