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Friday 23 March 2018

North Korea: All relatives of Kim Jong-Un's executed uncle ‘killed’

Relatives dragged out of their apartments and shot if they resisted

Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un
North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un and Dennis Rodman watching a game
Rare images show Kim Jong-un’s uncle being hauled off.
A screen grab from North Korea’s Korean Central Television (KCTV) station shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek being arrested
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un along with his aunt Kim Kyong-hui
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers his New Year speech
Kim Jong Un followed by his now disgraced uncle Jang Song Thaek, second from left. (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's vanished uncle, Jang Song Thaek - last seen on TV (AP)
A portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is burned by protesters during an anti-North Korea rally marking the second anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death in Seoul.
Kim Jong Un rewards his exemplary officials, captains and fishermen in fisheries of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at the conference hall of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in this undated photograph released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). REUTERS/KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

THE secretive State of North Korea has killed all direct relatives of the uncle of leader Kim Jong-un, who was executed last month for "attempting to overthrow the state", according to reports.

And it is understood the executions included child relatives of  uncle Jang Song-thaek, who was killed on Jong-un’s instructions, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing multiple sources.

"Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek," a source told Yonhap.

The relatives were recalled to the capital Pyongyang in December and were killed – they included Jang’ sister, her husband, the ambassador to Cuba and Malaysia as well as a nephew of Yang and his two sons.

In addition, the sons, daughters and grandchildren of Jang’s two brothers were also executed although it is unclear how there were killed.

"Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes," the news agency added.

Jang, (67), previously acted as an advisor to the young Mr Kim after the death of his father Jong-il.


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