Jang Song-thaek - Kim Jong Un's uncle who was executed in 2013.

According to this article (Entire family of Kim Jong-Un's uncle executed in N. Korea), Kim Jong Un had all his blood relations killed.

How likely is this true? Some of the people killed were diplomats working overseas who seemed to voluntarily fly back to North Korea to be executed.

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    Welcome to Skeptics! Where did you read that some diplomats returned to be executed?
    – Oddthinking
    Apr 5, 2017 at 13:19
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    @Oddthinking - "Both diplomats were recalled back to North Korea in early December and executed "
    – Jodie
    Apr 5, 2017 at 13:59
  • This article also says they were "recalled to Pyongyang in early December", shortly before Jang was executed english.sina.com/world/2014/0125/666777.html I think it's what the Russia Today report is based on Apr 5, 2017 at 14:10
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    You'll never find this out. You haven't defined "family" nor the criteria for having the family executed? The problem with the DPRK is often that the party's actions are a manifestation of Kim's will without any direct line. Apr 9, 2017 at 19:24
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    Russia, China, North Korea. There's no limit how far they will try to publish and disseminate fake news. The North Korean leader has been declared dead numerous times. We've been fed news stories that he had people fed to dogs. Executed by anti-aircraft guns. Only for them to reappear later. It's ironic how a society like North Korea that uses propaganda so purposedely. Somehow their propganda doesn't even come to close to ours. We always say North Koreans are brainwashed. Yet we don't even consider whether we are worse. Dec 21, 2020 at 16:53

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"Entire family"

From a western American perspective, your wife would probably be under the umbrella of "entire family". Jang's wife was not executed. Her name is Kim Kyong-hui: she's the aunt of Kim Jong-un.

  • Why would you think that's a western american perspective?
    – M. Stern
    Jan 23, 2021 at 21:01
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    Presumably nephews are also not part of the "Entire Family".
    – Penguino
    Jan 26, 2021 at 22:28

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