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Thursday 17 April 2014

Kim's uncle and mentor executed

Jang Song Thaek was seen as helping Kim Jong Un consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago (AP/Kyodo News)

Kim Jong Un's uncle has been executed, with the state media calling the leader's former mentor "worse than a dog".

The announcement early today comes days after Pyongyang announced that Jang Song Thaek had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanising and generally leading a "dissolute and depraved life".

Mr Jang was considered the second most powerful official in the North.

He was seen as helping Kim Jong Un consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago.

AP

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