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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un watches as starved wild dogs brutally eat up his uncle Jang Song-Thaek
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un sentenced his uncle to be eaten alive by a pack of 120 wild dogs in a savage punishment for treachery, it has been claimed.
Jang Song-Thaek, 67, along with five close aides, was stripped naked and thrown into a cage of hounds which had been starved for three days, according to new details emerging from China.
The pack of animals spent more than an hour mauling the group in a punishment called ‘quan jue’, or execution by dogs, a report in Chinese newspaper Wen Wei Po said.
Brutal: Jang Song-Thaek, in blue suit and handcuffs being escorted in court on December 12, was executed by wild dogs, according to reports coming from China
The tyranical leader of the communist state had accused his uncle – once seen as North Korea’s second most powerful man – of treason and corruption and described him as ‘scum’ and ‘factionalist filth’ during his recent New Year message.
Unlike previous executions of political prisoners, which were carried out by firing squads with machine guns, this extraordinary sentence seems to have been specially reserved for the most hated in North Korean society.
The report in the Chinese language newspaper said the entire process was supervised by the supreme leader in North Korea, along with 300 senior officials – a clear warning against anyone challenging Kim’s leadership.
Family: Kim Jong-Un (right) applauds at a show as his uncle, Jang Song-Thaek (left), looks on
Although Jang had played a major role in helping the inexperienced Kim after the younger man had taken power following the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il in December 2011, the new leader is believed to have felt threatened by Jang’s power.
Observers in neighbouring South Korea agree that Kim has been running a ‘reign of terror’ in carrying out a ‘massive purge’ to consolidate his grip.
Kim also used his New Year message to warn that the Korean peninsula would be engulfed by a ‘massive nuclear disaster’ if war broke out there again – a reference to the Korean war of the early 1950s when South Korea, supported by the United Nations, fought with North Korea which was at one time supported by China and the Soviet Union.
‘If the war breaks out again in this land, it will bring about a massive nuclear disaster and the US will never be safe,’ he warned.
Before issuing his New Year message, Kim warmly wrapped in a thick coat and a bearskin hat, visited his pet project, the Masik Pass Ski Resort, lauded by state media as having been completed at ‘lightning speed’.
Kim took a test ride on a ski lift, rising up over the project that he said during an earlier visit was ‘at the centre of the world’s attention’.