Kim Jong-un’s gruesome execution of uncle who was eaten by 120 starving dogs

Kim Jong-un's uncle endured a harrowing death after he was hunted down by dogs and stripped down.

Jang Song-thaek was then killed and fed to 120 dogs who had been starved for three days before they set upon him during the 2013 execution, according to a Chinese state-backed paper.

Officials are reported to have watched as the dogs tore into his flesh.

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Meanwhile, eight close allies of Jang were also executed by the state in a brutal culling.

Jang has been dramatically described by the state as "despicable human scum, worse than a dog" in the past, the Mirror reports.

But the slaying of Jang and his companions was not a result of his character, but rather the removal of "factionalist filth" in the communist state, according to Kim Jong-un.

During the assassination, Jang, who had been one of North Korea's most powerful figures, allegedly passed out.

Jang's death is thought to have been Kim Jong-un's way of securing his hold on the nation after his father died in 2011.

Ra Jong-yil, the author of a biography of Jang titled Son-in-Law of a Theocracy, said: "With his execution, North Korea lost virtually the only person there who could have helped the country introduce reform and openness."

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This comment comes following reports that Jang liked to enjoy a "pleasure squad", which saw young women singing American songs and performing stripteases – a far cry from the conservative ideals held by Kim and upheld within the state.

North Korean general Jo Kyong-chol is believed to have taken Jang's place – but he's not exactly sunshine and rainbows either, having earned the nickname of "Angel of Death".

North Korea expert Michael Madden said of Jo: "We can link him overall to supervising the process whereby top North Korean military officers and party cadres are incarcerated and executed."

This comes amid reports Kim Jong-un is "prepared" to activate nuclear weapons in a chilling threat to the West and South Korea.

Speaking to war veterans, Kim Jong-un said: "Our armed forces are completely prepared to respond to any crisis, and our country's nuclear deterrent is also ready to mobilise its absolute power dutifully, exactly and swiftly in accordance with its missions."

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