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(LEAD) China calls purge of N. Korean leader's uncle 'internal affair'

2013/12/09 17:45

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- China said Monday that the purge of the powerful uncle of North Korea's leader is the North's "internal affair," but added that it wants to see "national stability" in the reclusive state.

North Korea confirmed earlier in the day that Jang Song-thaek, considered the second most powerful official after the North's young leader Kim Jong-un, was dismissed from office, accusing him of building a "counter-revolutionary faction" and other "criminal acts" including corruption, drug use and womanizing.

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