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December 09, 2013 AT 8:34 AM
In the most dramatic fall from power North Korea has ever revealed, its government on Monday televised the footage of Jang Song-thaek, the once-influential uncle of the leader Kim Jong-un, being escorted out of a party meeting in which he was stripped of all titles of power and expelled from the ruling Workers’ Party. Mr. Jang’s purge was highly unusual for North Korea not only because its victim was a man long considered a core member of Mr. Kim’s inner circle but also because of the way the regime abandoned its customary secrecy about internal politics and publicized the purge — through front-page coverage in the North’s state-run newspapers and through the televised spectacle of party secretaries, some tearfully, attacking a man who was until recently the North’s second most powerful figure.