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North Korea accuses Kim Jong Un's uncle of corruption

Published on Dec 9, 2013 7:10 PM
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A still image taken from North Korea's state-run KRT television footage and released by Yonhap on Monday, Dec 9, 2013, shows Jang Song Thaek being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. North Korea confirmed on Monday that the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un has been purged, with state TV airing humiliating images of Jang being dragged away by uniformed officers. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea confirmed on Monday that the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un has been purged, with state TV airing humiliating images of Jang Song Thaek being dragged away by uniformed officers.

The official news agency KCNA accused the man once seen as the power behind the throne of being a corrupt, drug-taking womaniser bent on building his own faction in the ruling party.

South Korean analysts predicted a sweeping purge would follow, leaving Kim as the undisputed centre of power.

KCNA said Jang, once seen as his nephew's mentor, had been stripped of all his posts and of party membership for committing criminal acts and leading a "counter-revolutionary faction".

 
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