The whole family of North Korea's leader's uncle executed - news agency
26 January 2014, 08:21
The whole family of one of North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un's uncles, Jang Song Thaek, has been executed on Un's order reports South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, with reference to multiple sources. Jang Song Thaek himself, once a high-ranking official, was executed earlier.
A source claiming to be aware of the situation in North Korea says that the entire family, including babies, was executed.
According to data in the agencies' possession, in December, Jang Song Thaek's elder sister and her husband Jon Yong-Jin, who was North Korea's Ambassador to Cuba and Jang Song Thaek's nephew Jang Yong Chol, Ambassador to Malaysia, and Jang Yong Chol's two sons, both aged about 20, were recalled to Pyohgyang and executed.
Jang Song Thaek also had two brothers, but both had earlier died from illness, perhaps explaning why the families of Mr. Jang's sisters, including their little grandchildren, also became victims.
The agency reports that the family members who resisted arrest were killed outside their houses in full view of neighbors. Any women who were not direct blod relatives of Jang Song Thaek were spared execution.
Jang Yong Chol's wife was forced to divorce her husband and sent with her family to a distant camp in a remote region.
Jang Song Thaek once pleyed a role akin to a regent under the young Kim Jong Un and was considered the second most influential person in the country. In mid December, 67-year-old Jang Song Thaek was charged with attempting a coup and executed.
Later, it became known that that Jang Song Thaek's wife Kim Kyong-hui, a sister of Kim Jong Un's father, was in a coma because following brain surgery and there is no further information about her fate.
Voice of Russia, RIA Novosti
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