US: Kim Jong-un uncle's fate shows N. Korea's brutality

2013-12-13 01:57:41 GMT2013-12-13 09:57:41(Beijing Time)

The White House said Thursday North Korea's reported execution of Jang Song-thaek, once a regent for leader Kim Jong-un, demonstrates the regime's "extreme brutality."

The U.S. government has no reason to doubt Jang's fate reported by Pyongyang's official news agency, said Patrick Ventrell, the deputy spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

"If confirmed, this is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime," he told S.Korea's Yonhap News Agency. "We are following developments in North Korea closely and consulting with our allies and partners in the region."

The White House's response came shortly after the report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that "traitor" Jang was executed Thursday (local time) following a special military tribunal. Its quick reply to a KCNA report was very unusual.

The KCNA said, "The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time." He also attempted to overthrow the state, it added.

"The tribunal examined Jang's crimes. All the crimes committed by the accused were proved in the course of the hearing and were admitted by him," it added.

Earlier this week, Jang was removed from all his top posts in the North's leadership.


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