Details of the execution of Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un have emerged, showing how Thaek was brutally murdered by his nephew.
The details were disclosed in a report, where unlike previous executions of political prisoners which were carried out by firing squads with machine guns, Jang Song Thaek was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides, the Straits Times reports.
“Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were completely eaten up. This is called “quan jue”, or execution by dogs.”
The report also said the entire process lasted for an hour, with Jong-Un, watching it along with 300 senior officials.
The source of the report, which details the brutal execution is Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong-based Chinese language newspaper.
Jong-Un had declared his uncle to be a “despicable human scum, worse than a dog,” after he was accused of treason.
The news of how his uncle was executed comes as South Korea dismissed North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s conciliatory words in his New Year message as an empty gesture, urging Pyongyang to scrap its nuclear programs to show it is committed to better relations.
In his speech yesterday, Kim hailed the execution last month of his once-powerful uncle Jang Song-Thaek and accused the United States and South Korea of manoeuvring for a nuclear war.
But he also called for a “favourable climate” to improve relations with the South, saying it was time for the two Koreas to stop doing “anything detrimental to national unity and reconciliation”.
In its first official response, the South Korean government said it was sceptical about the intentions of Kim, who has ruled the nuclear-armed North since the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il, in December 2011.
“Peace and reconciliation cannot be achieved merely by words”, Seoul said in a statement.
“In order to improve ties between the South and the North, North Korea must show sincerity in building trust and above all, it must make genuine efforts for denuclearisation”.
It said Kim made similar comments in last year’s New Year speech before a series of provocative actions from the North including a third nuclear test, threats of military attacks and the unilateral closure of an inter-Korean industrial zone.
Pyongyang shut down the complex at Kaesong in April during a spike in military tensions that followed the nuclear test but the two Koreas agreed in September to resume operations.
South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin on Thursday cautioned that the apparent peace overtures from the North could be a “smoke screen” aimed at hiding a provocative act, urging the military to remain alert.