Report: Kim Jong Un had his uncle eaten alive by ravenous hounds

A Chinese newspaper with close ties to the ruling Communist Party is the source of the disturbing report

Published January 3, 2014 4:20PM (EST)

Via NBC News (who could make no independent confirmation), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had Jang Song Thaek, his uncle and de facto second-in-command, eaten alive by more than 100 ravenous dogs, according to a report from a Hong Kong-based newspaper, Wei Wei Po.

The report is being given credence because of the relationship between Wei Wei Po and China's ruling Communist Party. According to NBC News, Wei Wei Po "has acted as a mouthpiece for China's Communist Party."

While Jang Song Thaek's ouster in December was widely reported around the world, details of the former North Korean high official's death have heretofore been unknown. The New York Times previously reported that Jang's aides were killed by a firing squad, while Jang himself was executed "by more traditional means."

According to the NBC News report, however, Jang was "stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs" while "Kim and his brother Kim Jong Chol supervised the one-hour ordeal along with 300 other officials."

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Jang was seen by many experts as a regent behind North Korea's Kim dynasty and a key connection between the hermit nation and its ally China.

In the highly scripted execution, North Korea accused him of "attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state."

Kim's government also accused him of of corruption, womanizing, gambling and taking drugs, and referred to him as "despicable human scum."

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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