North Korea envoy scoffs at death-by-dog story of uncle's execution
Published on Jan 31, 2014 11:36 AM
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.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here