According to South Korea’s spy agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un may have had his uncle fired from a top military post and also executed several associates of his uncle. Seoul’s National Intelligence Agency’s statement said that Jang Song Thaek, the uncle, was who Kim Jong Un removed from the North Korean National Defense Commission.
According to the NIA, Jang’s closest aides, Lee Yong-ha and Jang Soo-keel, were executed in mid-November.
Experts and analysts of North Korea had said that the execution of the uncle is highly possible. Honorary Senior Fellow Aiden Foster-Carter from the University of Leeds said that they had the activities of Jang Song Thaek and his wife on almost a daily basis. The lack of information from the couple may indicate his execution.
Jang Song Thaek is married to Kim Jong II’s sister, who is the father of the current North Korean leader. Jang has been highly influential in North Korean politics and governance according to intelligence reports
According to South Korean researchers, Jang was especially removed because of his economic initiatives, which often clashed with military motives.
North Korea had not made an official statement regarding Jang’s execution. If confirmed, it is one of the biggest power shuffles in the history of North Korea.