N. Korean leader's ousted uncle alive and safe: S. Korean minister
SEOUL (REUTERS) - The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is alive and appears to be safe, South Korea's unification minister said on Wednesday, a day after the South's National Intelligence Service said he had been removed from two powerful positions.
Jang Song Thaek, considered the second-most powerful man in the impoverished, reclusive North, was last seen in public in early November at a basketball match between North Korean and Japanese teams in Pyongyang.
"I understand that Jang Song Thaek is not in any physical danger," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl Jae told lawmakers gathered at an emergency sub-committee meeting in Seoul.
The meeting was called to discuss the reshuffle in the North, which technically remains in a state of war with the South after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a mere truce.