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Tuesday 29 July 2014

North Korean leader's powerful uncle dismissed: Seoul media

Published 03/12/2013|08:28

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Jang song-thaek, Chief of the Central Administrative Department of the Workers' Party of Korea, exits a car as he arrives at the Ziguangge building of Zhongnanhai, the central government compound, in Beijing, August 17, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily
Jang song-thaek, Chief of the Central Administrative Department of the Workers' Party of Korea, exits a car as he arrives at the Ziguangge building of Zhongnanhai, the central government compound, in Beijing, August 17, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, widely believed to be the power behind the throne in the secretive dynastic state, has been dismissed from his post, South Korean media said today, citing officials at Seoul's top spy agency.

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Yonhap news agency and YTN cable news channel said Jang Song Thaek, who holds the title of vice chairman of the North's powerful National Defense Commission, had been removed from his post, citing the National Intelligence Service.

The South's spy agency told parliament in a closed-door session, media said.

Reuters

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