People watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, circled in red, at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea on Dec. 3. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Before their split: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, in February 2012. Earlier this month, Jang was executed. Kyodo/Landov hide caption

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Before their split: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, in February 2012. Earlier this month, Jang was executed. Kyodo/Landov hide caption

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Jang Song Thaek, who was North Korea's second-most powerful official, was put to death this week. Kyodo/Landov hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Frank Langfitt talks about a high-profile execution in North Korea
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A still image taken from North Korea's state-run television footage and released Monday shows Jang Song Thaek being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Yonhap/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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