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Kim Jong-un Also Executed His Uncle’s Family

A South Korean man watches TV news about the alleged dismissal of Jang Song-Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle, at a railway station in Seoul on December 3, 2013.  South Korea's spy agency suggested in parliament that Jang migh have been removed from his post with two of his close confidants executed in public in late November. A photo of Jang Song Thaek and Kim Jong-Un shown on South Korean TV.

It's hard to trust any reports on North Korea, especially since earlier this month the world was erroneously led to believe that Kim Jong-un had his uncle, Jang Sung-taek, eaten by dogs. However, the latest news does fit the dictator's M.O. According to South Korea's Yonhap News, Kim had all of Jang's direct relatives executed, including children and North Korea's ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia. Supposedly Jang's wife Kim Kyong-hui, the leader's biological aunt, was not among those executed, but she hasn't been spotted recently and there are rumors that she died of a heart attack or suicide. Or if you'd like a less depressing option, she could be out of the country seeking medical attention.

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Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images