(3rd LD) N. Korea confirms purge of leader's powerful uncle
SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's powerful uncle has been dismissed from all posts for trying to form his own faction within the ruling party, Pyongyang's state media reported Monday, in the latest purge that could be designed to consolidate Kim's power.
Jang Song-thaek, former vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission who had long been viewed as the young leader's guardian, is also accused of irregularities and corruption, as well as disobeying Kim's orders.
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