Kim Jong-Un's powerful uncle: ousted or just out of sight?
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's spy agency believes North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has just carried out the most significant leadership purge since taking power two years ago, but confirmation may be a long time coming.
North Korea's state media have said nothing since the South's National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers on Tuesday that Kim appeared to have ousted his uncle and political regent Jang Song-Thaek.
Political avunculicide isn't a commonly used term, but in a leadership structure as inherently nepotistic as that of North Korea, it inevitably enjoys some precedent.
In the 1970s, then future leader Kim Jong-Il purged a powerful uncle he saw as a rival to succeeding his father - founding leader Kim Il-Sung.