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Saturday 19 April 2014

North Korea confirms dismissal of Kim Jong Un's uncle

Jang Song-thaek (in hat) with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

NORTH Korea confirmed this evening the dismissal of Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un who was previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, for committing "criminal acts".

"Jang and his followers committed criminal acts baffling imagination and they did tremendous harm to our party and revolution," the North's KCNA news agency said in a report following a ruling Workers' Party politburo meeting on Sunday.

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