North Korea accused of 'reign of terror' over shock purge
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's state media on Tuesday sought to whip up public support for the shock purge of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle and former mentor, as South Korea accused Kim of waging a "reign of terror".
The North confirmed on Monday that Jang Song Thaek - seen as Kim's political regent and the country's unofficial number two - had been stripped of all posts and titles, accusing him of corruption and building a rival power base.
State TV showed photos of Jang being dragged out of his seat at a meeting by two officers, in an extremely rare public humiliation of a figure who has now been demonised as a drug-taking womaniser.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said citizens angered by Jang's alleged crimes, which have been laid out in unusual detail, vowed to "burn Jang to death" or "cut his throat".