Did Kim Jong-Un execute his slain uncle’s entire family?
A report suggests the North Korean leader did not stop at his uncle, executing his direct relatives in the days that followed
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un sparked a global outcry when he executed his uncle last month after accusing him of plotting to overthrow the communist regime.
But a report on Sunday suggested that Kim did not stop at his uncle Jang Song-Thaek, executing Jang's direct relatives in the days that followed.
Jang’s children, brothers and grandchildren are said to be dead, according to South Korea’s state news agency, Yonhap.
Jang’s sister Kye-sun, her husband and ambassador to Cuba, Jon Yong-jin, the ambassador to Malaysia, Jang Yong-chol, who is Jang’s nephew, as well as his two son have also been reportedly killed.
The two ambassadors had been recalled to Pyongyang in early December.
“Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek,” an anonymous source said to Yonhap. “All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children.
“Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes,” the source added.
Another source said: “The executions of Jang’s relatives mean that no traces of him should be left.
“The purge of the Jang Song-Thaek people is under way on an extensive scale from relatives and low-level officials.”
But the article does not mention any specific sources and the agency is known for its anti-North Korea stance.
Jang, Kim’s former mentor, had been accused of a number of crimes against the state. They included plotting a coup, misappropriating resources, womanizing, abusing his position of power and "dreaming different dreams" to the regime. Kim had referred to Jang as “worse than a dog” and “human scum” in his announcement of his execution and pictures showed Jang being led from his office by state security.