posted on Dec, 3 2013 @ 03:00 AM
A powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been removed from his post, South Korean media reports say.
Citing intelligence sources, they say Chang Song-thaek lost his position as vice-chairman of the North's top military body.
Two close aides were also executed for corruption, according to the reports.
If confirmed, Mr Chang's removal would be the most significant upheaval in North Korea's leadership since Mr Kim succeeded his father, analysts
Kim Jong-un took over after Kim Jong-il died in 2011.
Mr Chang, who is married to Kim Jong-il's sister, was seen by some observers as the power behind the throne with considerable influence over the new
The information emerged from an intelligence briefing given to South Korean lawmakers.