Actually, Kim Jong-un Probably Didn’t Kill His Executed Uncle With Wild Dogs

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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.
Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The somehow believable Chinese report that said the North Korean dictator had his family member eaten alive almost definitely started as satire before going international, it turns out. So when the official statement on the execution, which really happened, referred to the victim as “despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog,” it was not some twisted inside joke by the brutal authoritarian government. Phew.