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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s iron rule has long been a gripping presence in the country as his brutality went even as far as executing his own uncle who was fed to 120 starving dogs. Jang Song-thaek was executed in December 2013 and labeled a traitor by Kim who oversaw his gruesome execution.

According to The Guardian, Jang was one of North Korea’s most powerful men who was accused of plotting to overthrow Kim. Based on state media reports, Kim’s uncle was described as a “despicable human scum, worse than a dog”. A special military tribunal declared him guilty of treason and was stripped of all positions he held in the government.

In his alleged confession, the then 60-year-old Jang admitted that he had plans to become premier if North Korea’s economy collapsed. He reportedly sought to destabilize the country by triggering discontent among the military as a means to launch a coup using illicitly acquired wealth to catapult him to power.

On top of his confessions, state media KCNA claimed Jang had squandered at least $4.6 million in 2009 by living a “decadent capitalist lifestyle” that included trips to foreign casinos. His allies were hunted down and executed as part of Kim’s removal of “factionalist filth” as the Jang was known to have indulged in a “pleasure squad” that had young women performing stripteases to American songs.

Details of the execution could not be independently confirmed as no official account of his execution on Dec. 12, 2013, was provided by North Korea.

However, sources with close ties to China’s ruling Communist Party stated that Kim had his own uncle stripped naked, tossed into a cage and eaten alive by ravenous dogs. Another report claimed Jang was hunted down by dogs who were starved for 3 days. The Chinese state-backed paper Wen Wei Po said some 300 government and military officials watched 120 hunting hounds tear off Jang’s flesh, an ordeal that lasted for about an hour that allegedly caused Jang to pass out before he was “completely eaten up”.

Based on a book written by Bob Woodwoard about U.S. President Donald Trump, Trump spoke of how Kim executed his own uncle and flaunted his headless body to North Korean officials by setting his severed head atop his chest. His execution was said to be Kim’s way of securing his hold on North Korea following the death of his father in 2011. Jang was replaced by General Jo Kyong-chol who has also earned the nickname of “Angel of Death”.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a welcoming dinner on Sept. 18, 2018 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Getty Images/Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool

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