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North Korean leader's uncle executed for treason

Updated: 2013-12-13 (KST)
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The North's Korean Central News Agency reported early Friday that the uncle of leader Kim Jong-un had been executed.
Jang Song-thaek, long considered as the country's second most powerful man and Kim Jong-un's former mentor, was sentenced to death for being a traitor who had tried to overthrow the state.
Jang was executed after admitting to his crimes before a military tribunal on Thursday, the North said in a statement released by its state-run news agency.
The execution comes just four days after Jang was dramatically removed from a Workers' Party session by armed guards.
According to the agency's statement, Kim Jong-un accused Jang and his allies of double-dealing behind the scenes, dreaming different dreams, and selling the country's resources at cheap prices thereby threatening North Korea's economic development.
Jang's removal marks the most significant shake-up in two years under Kim's leadership and suggests the North's young leader is willing to go after his rivals publicly, and in ways more secretive than his father Kim Jong-il ever did.
The North has never so explicitly described the crimes or the punishment of a high-level official before.
Pyongyang labeled Jang "a traitor to the nation" and "worse than a dog" in its report.
Jang was married to Kim Jong-un's aunt, Kim Kyong-hui, the younger sister of late leader Kim Jong-il.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.

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