Kim Eradicated Uncle's Whole Family: Report
Brothers' children, grandchildren executed: South Korean news
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2014 7:24 AM CST
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.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

(Newser) – Following the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, reports claimed that hundreds of Jang's relatives had been arrested. Now, a source tells South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, "all relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children." Among them are Jang's siblings and his brothers' children and grandchildren, insiders say. Also executed: Jang's sister's husband, who was ambassador to Cuba, and Jang's nephew, the ambassador to Malaysia. "The executions of Jang's relatives mean that no traces of him should be left," a Yonhap source says.

"The purge of the Jang Song Thaek people is under way on an extensive scale from relatives and low-level officials," the source adds. Says another insider: "Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes." The Yonhap report hasn't been confirmed, the Telegraph notes, but there are some indications it could be accurate. The ambassadors were recalled from their posts abroad after Jang's execution, and North Korea has long been known to punish relatives of political foes.

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Jan 28, 2014 10:54 PM CST
I doubt that we should believe this story at face value until there is more verification. There are lots of enemies of this regime in South Korea who love to make the worst of it--not that they need to try very hard.
Jan 28, 2014 4:34 AM CST
Be careful Dennis Rodman , YOU could be the next ! .
Mr. Happy
Jan 27, 2014 10:48 PM CST
Korea, up until recent times has been a monarchy for thousands of years, so it should come as no surprise that the North should revert to that traditional form of government. Elimination of potential rivals to the throne by any means necessary was very common in Western history, and if that is what is currently happening in North Korea, that should not be a surprise either.