North Korea announces execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek

By Chico Harlan, December 13, 2013

SEOUL — North Korea announced Friday that it had executed the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, calling him a “traitor for all ages” who opposed Kim’s rule and plotted his overthrow.

Jang Song Thaek was executed after admitting to his crimes before a military tribunal Thursday, the North said in a statement released by the state-run news agency. The North said Jang, 67, in attempting to realize his “wild ambition” of supreme power, was “despicable human scum” and “worse than a dog.”

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