The entire family of Kim Jong-un’s uncle, executed less than a month ago, have also been killed at the North Korean leader’s instruction, according to reports.
Jang Song Thaek was put to death on December 12 at the age of 67 after making an alleged attempt to dethrone his nephew, including contemplating a military-backed coup.
Now Yonhap News Agency reports all Jang’s direct relatives were called to Pyongyang last month and executed in a bid to “clamp down on mutiny”.
“Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song Thaek,” a source said. “All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children.”
The executed relatives include Jang’s sister Jang Kye-sun, her husband and Ambassador to Cuba Jon Yong-jin, and Ambassador to Malaysia Jang Yong-chol, who is a nephew of Jang, as well as his two sons, the sources said.
The sons, daughters and even grandchildren of Jang’s two brothers were also reportedly killed.
“Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes,” another source said.
Some relatives by marriage, including the wife of the ambassador to Malaysia, were reportedly spared and sent to remote villages.
“The executions of Jang’s relatives mean that no traces of him should be left,” a source said. “The purge of the Jang Song-thaek people is under way on an extensive scale from relatives and low-level officials.”