North Korea: Here's How Kim's Uncle Really Died

He was shot to death, North Korea's ambassador to UK says

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 30, 2014 8:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Did Kim Jong Un really feed his uncle alive to 120 starved dogs? In North Korea's version of the story, nope. "He was shot to death," the country's ambassador to the UK, Hyun Hak Bong, tells Sky News in what may be the first English-language interview with a top Pyongyang official, Fox News notes. While calling on South Korea to end its military exercises and the US to give up its "hostile policy," the subject of Jang Song Thaek came up. Jang was pardoned "on several occasions when he made wrong-doings in the past," but this time, his crimes went "beyond the red line," and he was executed.

"He spent 4.6 million euro in 2009 alone. He made tremendous crimes against the government, against the people, against the country," Hyun continued. "So they enlarged a meeting of the party and handed (him) over to the legal system. So the special Military Court of the Ministry of State Security put him on trial, he confessed to what he did wrong and according to article 60 of the Criminal Code of DPR Korea he was executed." As to the report that Jang's whole family was also killed, "This is the political propaganda by our enemies," the ambassador said, but he stopped short of issuing a denial. "I know he was punished but if his family were punished or not, I don't know."

Hyun Hak Bong in Panmunjom, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.
Hyun Hak Bong in Panmunjom, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)
Hyun Hak Bong in Panmunjom, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.
Hyun Hak Bong in Panmunjom, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)
A man watches a TV news program showing Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek escorted by military officers during a trial in Pyongyang, North Korea.
A man watches a TV news program showing Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek escorted by military officers during a trial in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In this Feb. 16, 2012 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek.
In this Feb. 16, 2012 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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