North Korea details 'depraved life' of Kim Jong Un’s uncle

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Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 12:00 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Monday that it has purged leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, considered the country's second most powerful official, accusing him of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading a "dissolute and depraved life."

The young North Korean leader will now rule without the relative long seen as his mentor as he consolidated power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago. Jang Song Thaek's fall, detailed in a lengthy dispatch by state media, is the latest and most significant in a series of personnel reshuffles that Kim has conducted in an apparent effort to bolster his power.

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