published Sunday, December 8th, 2013

North Korea says Kim's uncle removed from power




North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, is followed by his uncle Jang Song Thaek, second from left, and Yang Hyong Sop, left, vice president of the Presidium of North Korea's parliament, as he tours the Fatherland Liberation War Museum as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this July 27, 2013 file photo.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, is followed by his uncle Jang Song Thaek, second from left, and Yang Hyong Sop, left, vice president of the Presidium of North Korea's parliament, as he tours the Fatherland Liberation War Museum as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this July 27, 2013 file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has acknowledged the purge of leader Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle for "anti-state" acts and "double dealing."

The lengthy dispatch Monday from state media says Jang Song Thaek formed a faction in the ruling party "by creating an illusion about him" and distorting and weakening party goals. South Korean intelligence officials have said two of Jang's aides were executed for corruption.

Images of Jang have been removed from an official state TV documentary.

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