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North Korea confirmed Monday that the powerful uncle of the nation's young leader Kim Jong-Un had been purged, accusing him of building a rival power base and being a corrupt, drug-using womaniser. Jang Song-Thaek, once seen as the hardline regime's political regent, has been stripped of his titles for committing criminal acts and leading a "counter-revolutionary faction", state news agency KCNA said. The announcement came after South Korea's spy agency said last week that Jang had been purged and two associates executed, nearly two years after Kim Jong-Un succeeded his father Kim Jong-Il as leader in 2011. The husband of Kim Jong-Il's powerful sister, Kim Kyong-Hui, Jang was seen as instrumental in cementing Kim Jong-Un's hold on power in the tricky transition period after his father's death.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday acknowledged the purge of leader Kim Jong Un's influential uncle for alleged corruption, drug use, gambling and a long list of other "anti-state" acts, apparently ending the career of the country's second most powerful official.
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