North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has executed his once powerful uncle, Chang Song-thaek, who was thought to have mentored him during the transition to power from his late father, Kim Jong-il.
News filtered in from the secretive Asian country that the leader’s uncle who is married to his late father’s sister had been removed from his once powerful position and had two of his closest allies executed.
State news agency has now confirmed that Chang Song-thaek has been executed after admitting at a military trial on Thursday that he had attempted to overthrow his nephew’s regime.
Mr. Thang was born in 1946 and married Kim Jong-il sister in 1972.
He joined the Korean Workers’ Party administrative ranks sometime in the seventies and was elected to the Central Committee in 1992.
He was relegated in 2004 but was reinstated in 2006 and got a top military post under Kim Jong-un in 2011.
He was dismissed from the post and later executed by machine gun fire this month, December 2013.
It will be recalled that earlier on in the year the North Korean leader executed a Korean lady believed to have been his ex-lover along with some of her colleagues.
“If confirmed, this is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime. We are following developments in North Korea closely and consulting with our allies and partners in the region,” The US government has said in a statement.
China, North Korea’s main economic backer, said the execution was an “internal matter” for North Korea.
Meanwhile, Japan’s top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said: “We will calmly monitor the situation while communicating with other countries and collect relevant information.”