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North Korea: Kim Jong-Un's Uncle Cut From Film
A North Korean television documentary about leader Kim Jong-Un has edited out the uncle who has reportedly "disappeared" after being apparently sacked from his roles in the regime.
The country's official television channel has already aired the documentary nine times but for Saturday's re-run Jang Song Thaek, appeared in different positions to make his face invisible and entire scenes were re-cut to remove him.
He was hidden or deleted from 13 scenes, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
It reinforces reports that one of the most powerful men in the country has been ousted.
South Korea's spy agency said it believed Mr Jang was relieved of his posts last month.
If true, the changes could mean Pyongyang is undergoing the biggest upheaval in the leadership circle since the death in 2011 of former leader Kim Jong Il, the current leader's father.
Mr Jang is married to Mr Kim's aunt, the daughter of the North's founding leader Kim Il-Sung, and was widely considered to be working to ensure his nephew firmly established his grip on power over the past two years.
It is still unclear why he apparently lost his high-level titles, including vice-chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission and membership in the ruling Workers' Party politburo.
But South Korean officials say he is likely alive in no immediate physical danger, as is his wife, Kim Kyong Hui.
Mr Jang has been a prominent fixture in many of the reports and photographs of Mr Kim's public activities, but his appearances have tapered off sharply this year and he has not been since in official media since early November.