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North Korea envoy scoffs at death-by-dog story of uncle's execution

Published on Jan 31, 2014 11:36 AM
Jang Song Thaek (in dark blue) was executed for treason on the orders of Kim Jong-un last December.  Reports that he was fed to hungry dogs had appeared in the media, which North Korea refuted. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - A senior North Korean diplomat has scoffed at sensational rumours that the executed uncle of leader Kim Jong-Un was stripped naked and fed to a pack of starving dogs.

"No, no... he was shot to death," Hyun Hak-Bong, the communist nation's ambassador to Britain, told Sky News in an interview that aired Thursday.

Jang Song-Thaek, once the North's unofficial number two and Kim's political mentor, was put to death on December 12 on an array of charges including treason and corruption.

The story that Mr Kim had his elderly uncle fed naked to ravenous dogs was apparently based on a satirical tweet posted on a Chinese website.

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