Kim Jong-un kills uncle’s entire family

Kim Jong-un is fast getting the reputation for being madder than his father, and that is saying something.

Team America might have to do a sequel at this rate.

It is being reported that he has now executed his uncle’s entire family, firmly cementing his reputation as a ruthless dictator.

The direct relatives of Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un’s recently executed uncle, have all been put to death upon the orders of the North Korean leader, it was reported yesterday

Entire families closely related to Jang, who was purged by the Pyongyang regime in December for allegedly plotting its overthrow, were executed including children and grandchildren, “multiple sources” told South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

Among those allegedly executed were Jon Yong-jin, Jang’s brother-in-law and the country’s ambassador to Cuba, and Jang Yong-chol, Jang’s nephew and ambassador to Malaysia, the anonymous sources said. 

The killings were reported to have taken place after Jang’s own execution on December 12 and “mean that no traces of him should be left”, a source told Yonhap. The agency reported that while some of the relatives who had resisted arrest had been “shot to death by pistol in front of other people”, others related to Jang through marriage had instead been exiled to remote villages with their maiden families.

Yonhap’s report has not yet been corroborated and follows a spate of sensational rumors about North Korea in recent weeks.

However, recent events in North Korea suggest the execution of Jang’s close family members could be true.

The ambassadors allegedly executed were spotted en-route to North Korea after being recalled from their overseas diplomatic postings in the wake of Jang’s purge in early December.

In addition, for decades a harsh “guilt-by-association” culture has prevailed in North Korea, with entire families facing heavy punishment – including death – simply for being related to convicted political dissidents or defectors.


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