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N Korea leader's aunt treated abroad: report

Published on Dec 20, 2013 12:34 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - The aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appeared to have returned home last month after receiving treatment abroad for heart disease, a report said on Friday.

The whereabouts and status of Kim Kyong-Hui have been a focus of media attention after her husband Jang Song-Thaek was executed last week in the biggest political upheaval since the young leader inherited power two years ago.

"To my knowledge, Kim Kyong-Hui had been receiving treatment for heart disease and returned to North Korea last month," a diplomatic source in Beijing told Yonhap news agency.

There was no indication of where she was treated but earlier reports have said she had sought treatment in Singapore on several occasions.

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