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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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends an inauguration ceremony for a cemetery for Korean War veterans on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, walks through a cemetery for Korean War veterans on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) arrives to attend the inauguration of a Korean war military cemetery in Pyongyang on July 25, 2013. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean soldiers applaud during the arrival of the country's leader Kim Jong-Un at the inauguration of a Korean war military cemetery in Pyongyang on July 25, 2013. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) looks at tombstones during the inauguration of a Korean war military cemetery in Pyongyang on July 25, 2013. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R) arrives to attend the inauguration of a Korean war military cemetery in Pyongyang on July 25, 2013. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) arrives to attend the inauguration of a Korean war military cemetery in Pyongyang on July 25, 2013. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the cemeteries of fallen fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, salutes during an opening ceremony for a cemetery for Korean War veterans on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)