• Uncle of North Korea leader removed from office

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    PYONGYANG — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced Monday that Jang Song-thaek, uncle-in-law of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, was removed from all posts and expelled from the Workers’ Party of Korea for his “anti-Party and counterrevolutionary crime,” the official news agency KCNA reported.

    The KCNA said the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) held an enlarged meeting and adopted a decision on stripping Jang of all posts, depriving him of all titles and expelling him and removing his name from the WPK.

    “Jang and his followers committed criminal acts baffling imagination and they did tremendous harm to our party and revolution,” the KCNA said in a report following the WPK’s enlarged meeting on Sunday.

    Jang was also described as a double-dealer who abused his power and challenged the “sole leadership system,” and had gravely hindered the role of the Cabinet by taking control of major economic development sectors, and allegedly committed irregularities and corruption and “led a dissolute and depraved life,” said the resolution from the meeting, noting that his “sect were prosecuted and purged.” PNA/XINHUA

     

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