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North Korean second in command, Jang Song Thaek executed as traitor

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Friday, the Korean Central News Agency announced that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle Jang Song Thaek was executed this week and called a traitor; Jang Song Thaek was last seen Monday at a North Korean government meeting and was removed by security. The headline released by the Korean Central News Agency read "Traitor Jang Song Thaek Executed," and the story read that once his guilt was determined, he was immediately executed, according to CNN.

The report also stated: "All the crimes committed by the accused were proved in the course of hearing and were admitted by him."

Jang Song Thaek has been at Kim’s side since 2011 and he was the vice chairman of the North Korean military. Jang was accused of making deals behind Kim’s back, attending very expensive restaurants, womanizing, drug use and gambling, and selling resources at low prices that threatened economic development in North Korea.

Part of the statement released on Monday by North Korea read:

“Jang desperately worked to form a faction within the party by creating illusion about him and winning those weak in faith and flatterers to his side.”

Last week during a press conference, North Korea spokespersons said that last week, Lee Yong-ha and Jang Soo-kee were executed; the two close friends of Jang Song Thaek.

Since the announcement was confirmed, no one has publicly seen Jang Song Thaek.

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