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Dramatic upheaval in North Korea as Kim Jong-un executes uncle

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The BBC reports that the once-powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been executed after being purged for corruption, state news agency KCNA reports.

Chang Song-thaek was dramatically removed from a Communist Party session by armed guards earlier this week.

It was the biggest upheaval since Mr. Kim succeeded his father two years ago.

KCNA said Mr. Chang had been executed immediately after a military trial on Thursday, calling him a traitor and seeking to overthrow the state.’

ABC News reports today that details are emerging from North Korea that Kim Jon-un’s purge of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, has been purged from the government.

Analysts who study the secretive regime also fear that the arrest of Jang Song-thaek, the man widely known to have been the real power behind Kim, signals a generational change for North Korea as well as period of upheaval.

The family with Kim Jon-un’s aunt and brother, armed with a pistol, took part in the arrest drama. It is one of the biggest upheavals since Mr. Kim succeeded his father two years ago.

Jang was arrested this week for corruption, acts of treachery, and womanizing with state TV airing humiliating photographs of him being dragged out of the Party Central Committee meeting by uniformed officers.

Jang had supported a smooth transition of power to a young Kim Jong-un, who was 28 at the time of Kim Jong-il's death in 2011. He is the uncle of Kim and husband of Kim Jong-Il's sister Kim Kyong-hee.

Official statement release from North Korea: 'What you have to understand is that the North Korean dynasty is run by an absolute blood-based hereditary mindset,' pointed out Lee Yun-keol, the president of North Korea Strategic Information Service Center.

The purge drama was designed by Kim Kyong-hee, Jang's wife, and Kim Jong-un, Lee said. 'She has openly expressed to the political bureau members that Jang's power line is a threat to the royal family so she took an obvious choice.'

As news of his purge emerged, South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned the North was ‘carrying out a reign of terror’ to reinforce Mr. Kim's position.

She said the volatile relationship between the two countries was likely to become 'more unstable' as a result.

The U.S. State Department has not commented yet.



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