Dec. 13 - The execution of the North Korean leader's once influential uncle is viewed by an expert as a move to cement Kim Jong Un's hold on power. Michaela Cabrera reports.
The execution of Kim Jong-Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek is the biggest upheaval in North Korea since the death of Kim Jong Il. The official newspaper of the party published a photograph of Jang in handcuffs and being held by uniformed guards, supposedly while on trial. The state news agency said Jang was executed after being found guilty of treason. An expert believes the move was done to further cement Kim Jong Un's hold on power. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PROFESSOR OF UNIVERSITY OF NORTH KOREAN STUDIES, YANG MOO-JIN, SAYING: "Jang Song Thaek's execution was carried out very swiftly, and it is seen as a strategic decision to wrap this case within this year, to show off a Kim Jong Un-centred regime at the beginning of the year, and to accelerate economic development." North Korean politics are a mystery, and some in South Korea believe the reason behind Jang's execution could be a falling out between him and his nephew, which needed to be controlled. South Korea and the U.S. both said they are closely following the developments.