Kim Jong-un's uncle executed for treason, North Korea says

By Kyle Johnson,

North Korea announced on Friday that Kim Jong-un's uncle was a traitor and had been executed.

Last week, there were reports wondering whether or not the de facto No. 2 leader of North Korea had been simply dismissed as he hadn't been seen in public for weeks.

It was also reported that two of his aides had been executed for corruption.

The announcement for the execution was made by the official Korean Central News Agency and noted that Jang Song-Taek was labeled a "traitor for all ages," reports USA Today.

KCNA reported that Jang went before a special military tribunal, was accused and convicted of "anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts." In addition to trying to overthrow the Communist regime of North Korea Kim Jong-un's uncle was executed for such crimes as drug use, corruption, faction-building and womanizing.

Photos were aired on State TV that showed Jang being taken away by armed guards. KCNA reported, "All the crimes committed by the accused were proved in the course of hearing and were admitted by him."

The report elaborated that Jang had tried to influence the youth movement for North Korea as he wanted to overthrow the government and he was "despicable human scum ... worse than a dog."


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