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Kim Jong-Un 'Shoots Dead His Uncle's Family'
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has killed all of his executed uncle's close relatives, including children, say reports.
South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted "multiple sources" as saying General Jang Song-Thaek's brothers, children and grandchildren were rounded up and shot.
Some relatives were spared and sent to live in remote villages in the impoverished country, the report added.
Among those executed were North Korea's ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, who were both related to Mr Kim's uncle by marriage.
General Jang, 67, considered the second most powerful man in North Korea, was dragged out of a party meeting and executed last month on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist regime.
Yonhap quoted one unnamed source as saying: "Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek. All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children."
Another source said: "Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes."
"The executions of Jang's relatives mean that no traces of him should be left," a third source said.
South Korean news agencies have been known to publish unconfirmed stories from the North.
But the latest claim ties in with a report by the Daily NK news website, run by North Korean defectors, which said more than 100 members of Mr Jang's family had been arrested before Christmas.
Yonhap said those killed included General Jang's sister Jang Kye-sun, and her husband and ambassador to Cuba, Jon Yong-jin.
General Jang's nephew and ambassador to Malaysia, Jang Yong-chol, and his two sons were also shot dead.
The Kim dynasty has ruled the isolated country for more than six decades.
Observers said General Jang was considered the man who could help his nephew establish himself in power, but also presented the greatest threat to the young leader.
Mr Jang's widow, Kim Kyong-hui, was thought to have survived the purge, but was later reported to have taken her own life.
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