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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