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12/09/2013 01:01 pm ET

Jang Song Thaek Ousted: Footage Emerges That Appears To Show Removal Of Kim's Uncle (PHOTOS)

After several days of speculation, North Korea confirmed that Kim Jong Un's once-powerful uncle was removed from power. The North Korean regime accused Jang Song Thaek of a series of transgressions, including instigating party dissent and squandering party funds on drugs, gambling and women, the Associated Press reports.

On Monday, the first images of Jang emerged since the news of his ousting. The photos are part of footage that was included in a report from North Korea's KCNA news outlet and they appear to show uniformed guards removing Jang from his chair during a meeting in Pyongyang.

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Reuters notes that 67-year-old Jang has also been airbrushed out of earlier photographs and out of a documentary film about Kim Jong Un, further solidifying his removal.

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According to the Associated Press, Monday's media attack on Jang was "unprecedented" and "a startling show for a regime that typically keeps its internal politics secret."

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