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North Korea Confirms Purge Of Kim Jong Un's Powerful Uncle

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People watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, second from left, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) | AP

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday acknowledged the purge of leader Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle on allegations of corruption, drug use and a long list of other "anti-state" acts.

The lengthy dispatch by state media apparently ends the career of the country's second most powerful official and leaves Kim Jong Un without a man long considered his mentor as he consolidated power after his father's death two years ago.

Jang Song Thaek formed a faction in the ruling party "by creating an illusion about him" and distorting and weakening party goals, the dispatch said.

Jang was described as "abusing his power," being "engrossed in irregularities and corruption," having "improper relations with women," taking drugs, and gambling at casinos while undergoing medical treatment in a foreign country.

South Korean intelligence officials said days ago that two of Jang's aides had been executed for corruption, and a recent state documentary in the North had all images of Jang removed.

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