In North Korea there can be only one

The once-powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been executed for treason after being branded “despicable human scum”, according to the state news agency.

Jang Song-thaek was a mentor to the young North Korean dictator and one of the regime’s most influential figures until he was publicly purged last week.

Video showed the 67-year-old Mr Jang being dragged out of his seat by police at a government meeting and official North Korean photographs were quickly doctored to remove all traces of him.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced the execution of the man it described as “a traitor to the nation for all ages”.

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