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Kim Jong-un's aunt 'flees to Poland'

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Nick Hodge 31.01.2014 13:12
The aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fled to Poland after the execution of her husband, a Japanese newspaper has claimed.

Pyongyang. Photo: wikipedia

Kim Kyong-hui, sister of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, has not been sighted in public this year, following the execution of her husband Jang Sung-taek on 13 December for “counter-revolutionary” activity.

However, Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun has rejected rumours that Kim Kyong-hui is herself dead, reporting that sources have informed the paper that the widow is in Europe.

According to the paper's unidentified sources, Yomiuri Shimbun travelled first to Switzerland and then on to Poland, where her half-brother, Kim Pyong-il, has served as ambassador since 1998.

Meanwhile, North Korea's ambassador to the UK told Sky News on Thursday that Jang Sung-taek was guilty of “tremendous crimes” against the state.

"He made anti-party, anti-government crimes, and as well he abused his power in hindering the national economy and hindering the efforts of the national economy and for improving people's living standards,” Ambassador Hyun Hak-bong claimed.

Jang was a top policy adviser to late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, and analysts have suggested that the new leader felt threatened by the veteran politician.

Jang and his wife had a daughter who had studied in Paris, but she apparently committed suicide in 2006 after being ordered to return to North Korea. (nh)

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