Voice of America
December 3, 2013

South Korea’s spy agency believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have fired his uncle from a top military post and publicly executed some of his associates.

Lawmakers briefed by Seoul’s National Intelligence Agency said Tuesday that Jang Song Thaek was apparently removed as vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission.

The lawmakers say the agency believes two of Jang’s closest aides – Lee Yong-ha and Jang Soo-keel – were executed in mid-November and that he has not been seen since.

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